Odontoglaja sp. #1
|Maximum size: 11 mm.
species has a translucent cream body intricately patterned in
golden-yellow, sky blue, brown and white. (Note 1)
only known Odontoglaja
sp. #1 was found at a highly
exposed, rocky site at 1-6 m (3-20 ft). It showed a diurnal activity
held in a dish.
Maui: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific.
recorded in Hawaii at Honanana, Maui by CP on July 8, 2005.
Photo: CP: 11
mm: Honanana, Maui; July 8, 2005.
Observations and comments:
1: The blue spots on an orange-gold background aren't as precisely matched to the blue and gold ocelli found in the sea hares Stylocheilus
striatus and Stylocheilus(?) sp. #1 as are the markings in some other possible mimics.
But, perhaps they are close enough so that Odontoglaja
sp. #1 is
still deriving some benefit from the resemblance (since the sea hares
are known to concentrate toxins from the cyanobacteria they eat)?