young, about 10 mm
Hypselodoris insulana Gosliner &
|Maximum size: 50 mm.
elongate, light tan to salmon pink body with many very fine,
opaque-white longitudinal lines. A bright magenta line encircles the
margin and foot. The rhinophores are white with two orange bands and
the gills are opaque-white with the outer two-thirds of the
rachis deep orange. It is somewhat similar to Hypselodoris
peasei but may be
by its larger size, darker color and lack of blue-black spots on the
has been found in silty areas of the Midway lagoon and on dock pilings
inside the inner harbor at depths of
1-10 m (3-32 ft). The latter animals were on a blue sponge on which it may feed (Gosliner, et. al. 2018). Scott
Johnson also reports
it from 15 m (50 ft) at Kure.
French Frigate Shoals, Midway and Kure.
was first recorded in Hawaii
from the lagoon at Kure by Scott Johnson on June 14, 1979. The name
means "islander," referring to its presumed
restriction to the leeward Hawaiian Islands.
Gosliner: Midway Atoll; May 30, 1993.
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