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Notobryon wardi
Odhner, 1936
 
Notobryon wardi
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Identification:  This species has four short, broad lobes on its notum. It's body is translucent-brown flecked with slightly iridescent white and with cloudy brown blotches on its sides. There are a few fine brown lines on the notum and short, transparent gills can be seen on close observation. There's a prominent crest on the notum posterior to the lobes.

Natural history:  Notobryon wardi is rare on Maui with only three animals known. We've found them in Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths of  8-9 m (26-30 ft). On Oahu, Scott Johnson found one animal on a rubble bottom at 45 m (148 ft) and Terry Gosliner found one in a dredged sample from 110 m (328 ft). It can swim by lateral flexing if disturbed.

Distribution:  Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii off Hale'iwa, Oahu by Terry Gosliner in Aug. 1973 (dredged). The species was named after M. Ward who collected the first specimens.

Photo:  Scott Johnson: Kapuhi Point, Oahu; Dec. 3, 1985.

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