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Goniodoridella
sp. #3

 
Goniodoridella sp. #3
Maximum size:  4 mm.

Identification:  This species has a cream body with rows of low, irregular tubercles. Irregular extrabranchial processes bracket the greatly reduced branchia. The rhinophores are simple and the body is decorated with brown spots. Spicules are visible in the body wall.

Natural history:  Goniodoridella sp. #3 is known from two animals found at a depth of  3-4 m (10-15 ft).

Distribution:  Big Island: may be widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from Kawaihae Harbor, Big Island by David Prutow on June 30, 2020. It's very similar to "Goniodoridella sp. 1" in Gosliner, et. al, 2018 ("Hawaii" is mentioned in the caption under that species in Gosliner, et. al. (2008) but we've been unable to find supporting evidence for its inclusion...).

Photo:  David Prutow: 3 to 4 mm: Kawaihae Harbor, Big Island; June 30, 2020.

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