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Gastropteron
sp. #2
 
Gastropteron sp. #2
Maximum size:  3 mm.

Identification:  This is a translucent-cream species intricately flecked with white and brown. The head and parapodia are decorated with small tubercles and the foot extends well behind the body.

Natural history:  Gastropteron sp. #2 is a moderately common species found in rocky habitats at depths of 1-15 m (3-49 ft) (most common at shallower depths). It occurs at moderately exposed to exposed sites. It swims readily when disturbed and shows a diurnal activity pattern when held in dishes.

Distribution:  Maui: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP on May 2, 1996.

Photo:  CP: 2 mm: Honokowai Beach Park, Mauil; April 11, 2010.

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