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Unidentified Facelinid sp. #3
 
Unidentified Facelinid #3
Maximum size:  7 mm.

Identification:  This is a delicate species with a translucent-cream body tinged with orange. The cerata are slender with brown cores and white subapical bands. The tips of the rhinophores and cephalic tentacles are white.

Natural history:  Unidentified facelinid sp. #3 is a moderately common aeolid found in Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths of 5-12 m (16-39 ft). A 7 mm animal laid a spiral, 2.7 mm by 3.5 mm, transparent-white egg mass composed of 3.5 whorls with a one-egg thick ribbon about 0.2 mm wide. It hatched in about two days in the laboratory.

Distribution:  Maui.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Airport Beach, Maui by CP on Sept. 1, 1994.

Photo:  CP: Black Rock, Maui; Nov. 11, 2003.

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