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Kalinga ornata
Alder & Hancock, 1864
 
Kalinga ornata
Maximum size:  100 mm (Kay & Schoenberg-Dole, 1991).

Identification:  This is a large, flattened species with a tuberculate notum. The larger lateral tubercles are red, flecked with white and there are elongate tubercles at the front of the head that are used as feelers.

Natural history:  Kalinga ornata is a sand dweller that has been photographed from HURL submersibles to depths of 182 m (597 ft). Occasionally, it may be found by divers in as little as 34 m (110 ft). It can inflate its body and drift with the current. (Sea Slug Forum) Also, Mike Miller's Slug Site mentions that Rie Nakano and her collaborators have recorded it feeding on brittle stars in Tokyo Bay.

Distribution:  Big Island, Oahu and Molokai: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First reported from Hawaii in Kay and Schoenberg-Dole, 1991?

Photo:  Jeff Milisen: front view; Haleiwa, Oahu; June 28, 2010.

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