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Kaloplocamus
cf. dokte Valles & Gosliner, 2006
 
Kaloplocamus dokte
Maximum size:  5 mm.

Identification:  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 the notum.

Natural history:  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.

Taxonomic notes:  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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