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Unidentified Discodorid #20
 
Unidentified Discodorid #20
Maximum size:  about 8-9  mm.

Identification:  This is a cream dorid with very small, rounded tubercles that are slightly darker than the background. The tubercles are surrounded be rings of minute white flecks and dark brown flecks are present both between and on them. The rhinophores have white tips and subapical brown pigment. The branchia are bi-colored with cream pigment on the anterior plumes. There's a low, mid-dorsal crest and the margin is slightly frilly.

Natural history:  Unidentified discodorid #20 is known from one animal found in a tide pool at an exposed, rocky site.

Distribution:  Maui.

Taxonomic notes:  It may be a Carminodoris sp. based on the rounded tubercles and bi-colored branchia. However, a mid-dorsal crest and frilly margin would be atypical for the genus. The tubercles are proportionately smaller than in Carminodoris sp. #2 and the color is different on several points. The branchia differ from Unidentified Discodorid #19. It was first recorded in Hawaii from the north shore of Maui by Britt Daniels on Aug. 9, 2021. (Note 1)

Photo:  Britt Daniels: about 8-9 mm: north shore, Maui; Aug. 9, 2021.

Observations and comments:

Note 1: It's possible that this animal is a juvenile of one of the other listed species. But, there doesn't seem to be an obvious match.
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