Philinopsis orientalis (Baba, 1949)
|Maximum size: 23 mm (Kay,
This species is dark brown or black flecked with white. It has three
irregular transverse bands of orange surrounded by diffuse white
is a rare species recorded from only one or two animals found at
exposed to highly exposed rocky sites.
Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
suggested that the contracted animal from Kaneohe Bay (see
photo) might be sufficiently different to justify listing as a
separate species. (pers. com). However, we've opted to lump since Scott's
animal seems closer to illustrations from elsewhere in the
Indo-Pacific. However, it's possible that all Hawaiian animals will
distinct from other Indo-Pacific populations of P. orientalis with further work. It's
listed in Gosliner, et. al, 2008 as Aglaja sp. #1 and Gosliner, et. al., 2015 as Philinopsis
sp. #4. It was probably first recorded in Hawaii from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu
by Terry Gosliner in the 1970s and is listed in Gosliner, 1980 as Aglaja orientalis.
Johnson: Makua, Oahu; July 10, 1985.
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