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Murphydoris
puncticulata
Paz-Sedano, Smirnoff, Candás, Gosliner & Pola, 2022
 
Murphydoris puncticulata
Maximum size:  4 mm.

Identification:  This species has a cream body with rows of low, irregular tubercles. Irregular extrabranchial processes bracket the greatly reduced branchia. The rhinophores are simple and the body is decorated with brown spots. Spicules are visible in the body wall.

Natural history:  Murphydoris puncticulata is known from five animals found at a depth of  3-5 m (10-16 ft).

Distribution:  Big Island: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from Kawaihae Harbor, Big Island by David Prutow on June 30, 2020. It was formerly listed as Goniodoridella sp. #3.

Photo:  David Prutow: 3 to 4 mm: Kawaihae Harbor, Big Island; June 30, 2020.

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