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Godiva
sp. #1
 
Godiva sp. #1
Maximum size:  35 mm (Gosliner, et. al., 2008).

Identification:  This species has a translucent-cream body frosted with orange-brown flecks and with white patches that show blue iridescence in strong light. The cerata are numerous and slender with red-brown bases. They are frosted with cream apically and have one or more iridescent blue bands. Young animals have far fewer cerata and more white pigment on the cephalic tentacles.

Natural history:  Godiva sp. #1 is a rare aeolid on Maui found in Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths of 10-12 m (33-39 ft). However, on Oahu and Midway it has also been recorded from floating docks (thermal pollution tables at Coconut Island) and more exposed rubble habitats at depths up to 20 m (66 ft). (Gosliner, et. al, 2008). It appears to be diurnally active and "flares" its cerata when disturbed. It lays an irregular, 'kinked" spiral egg mass that varies from pale pink to white, probably during the course of development.

Distribution:  Maui, Oahu and Midway.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first reported from Hawaii in  Gosliner, 1980 as Godiva quadricolor (Barnard, 1927).

Photo:  Scott Johnson: about 16 mm: Pupukea, Oahu; Aug. 19, 1985.

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