Kaloplocamus cf. dokte Valles & Gosliner, 2006
|Maximum size: 5 mm.
This is a translucent-cream animal variably flecked with orange and white. A series of
highly contractile processes runs around the notum. They differ from the processes of Kalaplocamus ramosus
in having blunt-tipped branches on their sides as well as their
tips. A line a closely-spaced white tubercles runs down the center of
Kaloplocamus cf. dokte
is a rare species found in moderately exposed to exposed rocky habitats at depths of about 4-9 m (13-30 ft).
Distribution: Maui and Midway: Kaloplocamus dokte is widely distributed in the Pacific.
It was first recorded in Hawaii at Maalaea Bay, Maui by CP on May 12,
1996. The Hawaiian population lacks the dark red branchia characteristic of the species elsewhere in the Pacific.
Photo: CP: 4 mm: Maalaea Bay, Maui; May 4, 2006.
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