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Cuthona
sp. #7
 
Cuthona sp. #7
Maximum size:  5 mm.

Identification:  This is a translucent aeolid with opaque white covering the top of the head and extending in patches medially along the notum. The cerata have very thin, tightly-packed white lines extending from their bases to just below their tips. The pale orange digestive gland can be seen within each ceras between the lines. The rhinophores and cephalic tentacles have white tips and translucent-orange bases.

Natural history:  Cuthona sp. #7 is a rare aeolid that has been found in exposed rocky locations at 12 m (40 ft) and in moderately protected rubble areas at 33.5 m (110 ft).

Distribution:  Maui: also known from Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii off Makena, Maui by PF on April 26, 1993.

Photo:  PF: 5 mm: off Makena, Maui; April 26, 1993.

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