Dendrodoris coronata Kay & Young,
|Maximum size: 30 mm (Kay,
species is cream to dusky pink variably blotched with brown and
opaque white. The notum has low tubercles and there is a line of
enlarged tubercles that form a ridge across the body anterior to the
branchia. The ridge is usually highlighted by white pigment.
is a rare species found in moderately protected rocky habitats at
depths of 1-5 m (3-15 ft) . It feeds on the sponge Halichondria dura and its color may
vary depending on whether or not it has fed recently. (Kay, 1979).
Maui, Oahu, Kauai and French Frigate Shoals: widely distributed in
western & central Pacific.
It was first reported in Hawaii from Ala Moana,
Oahu in Feb. 1962 (Kay & Young, 1969).
7 mm: found by CP; Hekili Point, Maui; Sept., 1990.
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