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Doris granulosa
(Pease, 1860)
 
Doris granulosa
Maximum size:  13 mm.

Identification:  This is a pale yellow dorid with about seven gills arranged in a semicircle. There is a dorsal flap covering the gill opening.

Natural history:  Doris granulosa is a common species found under rocks in the low intertidal at protected to moderately exposed rocky sites. It feeds on a yellow sponge and lays a cream, spiral egg mass that hatches in about six days in the laboratory.

Distribution:  Maui, Oahu and Kauai: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This is the species listed as Doriopsis granulosa Pease, 1860 in Kay, 1979 as well as Kay & Young, 1969. It was first reported from Hawaii in Pease, 1860.

Photo:  CP: 13 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; May 25, 2005.

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