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Flabellina
cf. rubropurpurata 
Gosliner & Willan, 1991
 
Flabellina cf. rubropurpurata
Maximum Size:  About 9 mm (estimated from photo).

Identification:  The body of this aeolid is bright violet with diffuse white patches on the margins of the notum. The cerata are orange with violet bases and tips, both frosted with white. The cephalic tentacles are tipped with white and there are apical and medial white bands on the perfoliate rhinophores.

Natural History:  Flabellina cf. rubropurpurata is known from only two animals. The first was found crawling in the open by day at about 18 m (60 ft). It was on the edge of a drop off exposed to strong currents. The second was found under similar conditions at about 12 m (40 ft).

Distribution:  Big Island and Lanai: Flabellina rubropurpurata is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This species was first recorded in Hawaii from Mahaiula Beach, Big Island by Paul Okumura on Aug. 6, 2009. It appears similar to photos of  Flabellina rubropurpurata from elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific but with enough differences in detail to suggest that it may prove endemic when DNA is checked.

Photo:  Paul Okumura: about 9 mm (estimated from photo): Mahaiula Beach, Big Island; Aug. 6, 2009.

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