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2nd animal




 
Marianina rosea
(Pruvot-Fol, 1930)
 
Marianina rosea
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Identification:  This is a distinctive species with a bright violet body, white bifid cerata and orange-tipped rhinophores.

Natural history:  Marianina rosea feeds on hydroids, unlike most tritoniids. We haven't seen it on Maui but it appears to be more common on Oahu where it occurs at moderately protected sites.

Distribution:  Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  Some authors place this species in its own family, the Marianinidae. It was first recorded in Hawaii from Oahu by Gustav Paulay in Dec. 2008.

Photo:  Gustav Paulay: Oahu; Dec. 2008.

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