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Unidentified Discodorid #9
 
Unidentified Discodorid #9
Maximum size:  about 45 mm.

Identification:  This species is dusky cream with scattered dark brown spots on the notum. The margin is decorated with dark brown and dusky-yellow patches and the rhinophores are tipped in dark brown and dusky-yellow. The background in the center of the notum ranges from white to dusky-yellow. The gills are gray, flecked with white, and the notum has small tubercles connected by low ridges.

Natural history:  Unidentified discodorid #9 is a rare dorid known from five animals found in exposed to highly exposed rocky habitats at depths of 9-12 m (30-40 ft) (Scott Johnson, pers. com.) and one animal found in a similar habitat on Maui at a depth of 3.6 m (12 ft).

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

Taxonomic notes: This species is probably the same as Sclerodoris sp. 1 in Marshall & Willan, 1999. It was first recorded in Hawaii by Scott Johnson at Pupukea, Oahu on June 12, 1978.

Photo:  Scott Johnson: 15 mm: Pupukea, Oahu; June 10, 1985.

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