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Dermatobranchus rubidus
Gould, 1852
 
Dermatobranchus rubidus
Maximum size:  60 mm. (Kay, 1979).

Identification:  This is an elongate, cream animal with white ridges and red rhinophores.

Natural history:  We've never seen Dermatobranchus rubidus. However, Kay (1979) lists it as seasonally abundant on Oahu fringing reefs. An animal referenced in Gosliner &. Fahey, 2011 was collected from the intertidal in Kihei, Maui by S. Jazwinski in 1979. Ralph Turre also photographed two young animals in a sandy habitat at a depth of about 8 m (26 ft).

Distribution:  Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  It is listed in Kay as Dermatobranchus rubida and was first reported from Hawaii in Gould, 1852 (as Diphyllidia rubida).

Photo:  Ralph Turre: about 10 mm: Maalaea Bay, Maui: May 4, 2013.

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