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Cuthona
ornata
Baba, 1937
 
Cuthona ornata
Maximum size:  3 mm.

Identification:  The body and rhinophores of this species are translucent orange with the distal half of the rhinophores becoming pale yellow. The cerata are smooth and translucent, revealing the blue digestive gland within, and are tipped with white. The foot corners are angular and less rounded than in most Cuthona spp.

Natural history:  Cuthona ornata is a moderately rare species that appears to have a highly patchy distribution. All animals came from four dives in Halimeda kanaloana beds with a depth range of 12-30 m (40-98 ft).

Distribution:  Maui: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Makena, Maui by PF on July 14, 1995. The name means ornate.

Photo:  CP: 3 mm: Airport Beach, Maui; Aug. 7, 2002.
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