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Gymnodoris
sp. #2

 
Gymnodoris sp. #2
Maximum size:  32 mm.

Identification:  This species varies from cream to bright orange with orange spots. The genital pore is located well forward of the branchia and the branchia form a nearly complete circle around the anus. The rhinophores have nipple-like tips and the oral tentacles are narrow. A row of slightly enlarged orange-tipped papillae runs backwards from the head on each side of the body to enclose the branchia. The rhinophores often have orange tips and occasionally the branchia may also be tipped with orange. The narrow oral tentacles and nipple-like tips on the rhinophores distinguish it from the similar appearing Gymnodoris bicolor.

Natural history:  Gymnodoris sp. #2 is a moderately rare species found in the low intertidal and subtidally at depths of < 1 to 2 m (< 3 to 6 ft) . It occurs at moderately protected to exposed rocky sites.

Distribution:  Maui.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP on Oct. 20, 1993.

Photo:  CP: 18 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; Nov. 22, 2006.

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