young, 2 mm
Cuthona sp. #18
|Maximum Size: 4 mm.
animal is white with contrasting mahogany cerata,
rhinophores and cephalic tentacles that have scattered white blotches.
The tips of the cerata are slightly swollen and darker.
The two known Cuthona sp. #18 were found in Halimeda
kanaloana beds at a depth
of 12-14 m (39-46 ft).
Maui and Pearl & Hermes Reef: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.
in several sources as Cuthona
acinosa (Risbec, 1928).
However, Terry Gosliner suggested that it may not be identifiable as
that species from the original description. (pers. com.) It was first
in Hawaii from Black Rock, Maui by CP on Apr. 10,
Photo: CP: 4
mm: Black Rock, Maui; Apr. 10, 2005.
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