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Lamellaria
sp. #2
 
Lamellaria sp. #2
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Identification:  This species has a dorsal surface intricately patterned with a network of opaque lines. It also has broad, conical tubercles in the center of its dorsum. The background color ranges from white through yellow to bright orange-red and violet.

Natural history:  Lamellaria sp. #2 is a moderately rare species found in Halimeda kanaloana beds at a depth of 9-20 m (30-65 ft).

Distribution:  Maui and Oahu: probably widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  There is some uncertainty in separating this species from other listed species of Lamellaria. In addition, there's a possibility that the yellow/white/dull orange animals could be different from the red ones based on the more superficial appearance of the white pigment in the latter. Placing the dull orange animals with the others is particularly uncertain since its dusky highlights could suggest some affinity with the larger animal included under Lamellaria sp. #7. It was first recorded in Hawaii from Airport Beach, Maui by CP on Sept. 1, 1994.

Photo:  CP: Airport Beach, Maui; Aug. 7, 2002.

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