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Okenia
sp. #2

 
Okenia sp. #2
Maximum size:  4 mm.

Identification:  This is a cream, spiculate animal decorated with lemon-yellow spots. There are long slender processes on the notum and the rhinophores have only four or five cup-shaped lamellae on their posterior faces. The processes and rhinophores are frosted with white and the bases of the rhinophores and branchia are stained with wine red.

Natural history:  Okenia sp. #2 is a moderately rare species found in Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths over 10 m (33 ft).

Distribution:  Maui and Midway.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Midway Atoll by Terry Gosliner and PF in June, 1993.

Photo:  CP: 3 mm: Whaler's Village, Kaanapali, Maui; May 3, 2007.

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