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Cuthona
sp. #2
 
Cuthona sp. #2
Maximum size:  6 mm.

Identification:  The colors of this species appear to have been painted on with a tiny brush. The head and "neck" are light blue with a yellow "v" that meets behind the rhinophores. The cerata are mostly white with a dot of bright red and a smudge of yellow on their anterior faces. They are tipped with blue. The rhinophores are white with a bright red medial band.

Natural history:  Cuthona sp. #2 is a rare species that has been found in exposed rocky locations at depths of 3-12 m (10-40 ft). It appears to be diurnally active.

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

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii off Makena, Maui by PF on Oct. 1, 1990.

Photo:  PF: 6 mm: off Makena, Maui; April 3, 2010.

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