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Elysia nealae
Ostergaard, 1955
 
Elysia nealae
Maximum size:  31 mm.

Identification:  This species is mottled in light and dark green with white flecks. The parapodia are low, meeting in many folds, and there are fine papillae that vary in prominence. The background color ranges from pale to intense green, presumably due to diet..

Natural history:  Elysia nealae is a moderately common species found on rocky bottoms (particularly in back reef areas) at depths of 1-2 m (3-6 ft). It occurs at moderately protected to moderately exposed sites. It is rare at depths of 2-9 m (6-30 ft). Mature animals are nocturnally active.

Distribution:  Maui, Oahu and Kauai: also known from Japan, Guam and Palmyra Atoll.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from Waikiki, Oahu on Nov. 24, 1923 by Marie C. Neal and is named after her. (Ostergaard, 1955)

Photo:  CP: 25 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; Nov. 20, 2006.

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