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Dendrodoris
sp. #8

 
Dendrodoris sp. #8
Maximum size:  16 mm.

Identification:  This is an elongate, white species with sharply margined brown spots on the notum and opaque-white branchia. It differs from young Dendrodoris elongata in its lighter color, proportionately smaller rhinophores and opaque-white branchia.

Natural history:  Dendrodoris sp. #8 is known from one animal found at a depth of < 4 m (< 12 ft) in a moderately exposed rocky habitat.

Distribution:  Maui.

Taxonomic notes:  This species was first found in Hawaii at Maalaea Bay, Maui by Gordon Hendler on June 2, 2012. In general appearance, it seems closer to such Eastern Pacific species as Dendrodoris behrensi and Dendrodoris stohleri than to D. elongata (as well as to unidentified species from French Polynesia, the Marshall Islands and elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific).

Photo:  CP: 16 mm: found by Gordon Hendler; Maalaea Bay, Maui; June 2, 2012.

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