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Corolla spectabilis
Dall, 1871
 
Corolla spectabilis
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Identification:  This is a relatively large, transparent species with a broad swimming plate reticulated with bands of muscle fibers. It possesses a gelatinous, internal pseudoconch instead of an external calcareous shell. Mucous glands can be seen along the lateral edges of the plate.

Natural history:  Corolla spectabilis is a pelagic species that is rarely seen at night in near-shore waters. It's probably eaten by the gymnosome, Cliopsis krohni.

Distribution:  Big Island: circumtropical.

Taxonomic notes:  ( )

Photo:  Matthew D'Avella: pseudoconch damaged: 3 miles off the Kona Coast, Big Island; 12 m (40 ft) from the surface, at night; summer/fall, 2007.

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