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Janolus mirabilis
Baba and Abe, 1970
 
Janolus mirabilis
Maximum size:  12 mm.

Identification:  This distinctive species has its cerata arranged in two distinct clumps at the front and rear of  its body. The cerata are densely papillate and the rhinophores have papillate ridges. The body is transparent posteriorly and brown to cream anteriorly with a dusting of white flecks.

Natural history:  Janolus mirabilis is a moderately rare species found in moderately exposed to exposed rocky habitats at depths of 4-18 m (13-59 ft). It autotomizes its cerata readily. A 4 mm animal laid an irregular cream egg mass.

Distribution:  Maui, Kauai and Midway: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Midway Atoll by Terry Gosliner and PF on May 28, 1993.

Photo:  PF: 12 mm: Midway; May 28, 1993.

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