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Facelina
sp. #3
 
Facelina sp. #3
Maximum size:  about 25 mm.

Identification:  This aeolid has a translucent-cream body tinged with orange. The cerata are tipped in bright orange and have cores that range from dark violet through wine-red to orange. The central cerata and rhinophores are frosted with white and the rhinophores have a series of ridges.

Natural history:  This is a moderately rare species found in exposed to highly exposed rocky habitats at depths of 5-15 m (16-49 ft).

Distribution:  Big Island, Maui and Oahu: also known from Papua New Guinea & southern Japan.

Taxonomic notes:  This species is illustrated in Bertsch and Johnson, 1981 as an unidentified aeolid (p. 103, bottom photo). It was first recorded in Hawaii at Pupukea, Oahu by Scott Johnson on June 12, 1978.

Photo:  CP: 23 mm: found by PF; off Makena, Maui; Mar. 14, 2006.

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