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Dendrodoris fumata
(Ruppell & Leuckart, 1831)
 
Dendrodoris fumata
Maximum size:  about 75 mm.

Identification:  This is a soft, oval species that varies from light brown to translucent red, usually with irregular dark patches. The notum is smooth. It may be distinguished from Dendrodoris nigra by its larger branchia.

Natural history:  Dendrodoris fumata is rare on Maui but Scott Johnson reports that it may be common in protected to highly protected areas on Oahu at depths of 1-3 m (3-10 ft). A dull-yellow spiral egg mass was found near a brown-form animal in the field.

Distribution:  Big Island, Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific; also in eastern Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Iroquois Channel, Pearl Harbor, Oahu by Scott Johnson on March 13, 1982.

Photo:  John Hoover: about 65 mm: provided by Darrell Takaoka (obtained from local aquarium supplier); Oahu.

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