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Cuthona
sp. #18
 
Cuthona sp. #18
Maximum Size:  4 mm.

Identification:  The body of this 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.

Natural History:  The two known Cuthona sp. #18 were found in Halimeda kanaloana beds at a depth of 12-14 m (39-46 ft).

Distribution:  Maui and Pearl & Hermes Reef: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This species is listed 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 recorded in Hawaii from Black Rock, Maui by CP on Apr. 10, 2005.

Photo:  CP: 4 mm: Black Rock, Maui; Apr. 10, 2005.

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