Phyllidia polkadotsa Brunckhorst, 1993
|Maximum size: 25 mm
ranges from reddish-orange to yellow in Hawaii. There
are numerous large, black spots on the notum. The notum also possesses
small, simple, evenly distributed tubercles and three low, median
longitudinal ridges. The rhinophores are the same color as the mantle.
is a rare species that we haven't personally seen. However, it appears
to be more common at exposed to highly exposed sites on Oahu and Kauai
where it has
found under ledges and in caves from 5-23 m (16-75 ft). Scott Johnson
up in a shelling dredge from about 70 m (230 ft). It probably feeds on an orange encrusting sponge.
Big Island, Maui, Oahu, Molokai and Midway: widely distributed in the western &
Pacific, also in the eastern Indian ocean.
is listed as the "yellow-black Phyllidia"
in Bertsch and Johnson,
1981. It was first recorded in Hawaii off the Waianae coast of Oahu by
Johnson and is referred to as the "polka-dot Phyllidia" in Hoover, 1998
Johnson: Makua, Oahu: Sept. 19, 1979.
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