young, 5 mm
Notarchus indicus Schweigger, 1820
|Maximum size: 25 mm.
This sea hare has fine papillae, some with white tips. The body is
translucent cream to red-brown with darker spots. The parapodia are
fused except for an anterior aperture.
is a moderately rare species found in rocky habitats and Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths
of < 1 to 110 m (< 3 to 328 ft). When disturbed, it swims
via "jet propulsion" by forcefully expelling water from its mantle
cavity through the anterior aperture. A 25 mm animal laid a tangled,
orange-brown egg string that hatched in about eight days in the
Big Island, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Midway and Kure: widely distributed in
It was first recorded in Hawaii from off Hale'iwa, Oahu by Terry
Gary Williams in Oct. 1973 (dredged).
about 25 mm: found by PF; Airport Beach, Maui; March 22, 2003.
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