Notobryon wardi Odhner, 1936
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
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.
Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.
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.
Johnson: Kapuhi Point, Oahu; Dec. 3, 1985.
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