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Phyllidia
cf. larryi
(Brunckhorst, 1993)
 
Phyllidia cf. larryi
Maximum size:  3 mm.

Identification:  This is a cream animal with spicules diverging from the midline and radiating golden-brown lines around the margin.

Natural history:  Phyllidia cf. larryi is known from a single juvenile found in rubble near LaPerouse Pinnacle at French Frigate Shoals.

Distribution:  French Frigate Shoals: Phyllidia larryi is known from Guam.

Taxonomic notes:  Phyllidia larryi was formerly referred to as Fryeria larryi due to its lack of a dorsal anus. However Fryeria has now bean synonymized with Phyllidia. It was first recorded in Hawaii from French Frigate Shoals by the 2006 CREEF expedition on Oct. 22, 2006. There is some possibility that the Hawaiian animal might be a juvenile of Phyllidia loricata rather than P. larryi.

Photo:  CP: 3 mm: 2006 CREEF expedition; French Frigate Shoals; Oct. 22, 2006.

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