young, 4 mm
Elysia nealae Ostergaard, 1955
|Maximum size: 31 mm.
species is mottled in light and dark green with white flecks. The
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.
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
Maui, Oahu and Kauai: also known from Japan, Guam and Palmyra Atoll.
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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