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Placida
sp. #2
 
Placida sp. #2
Maximum size:  4 mm.

Identification:  This species is distinctive in having large, flattened, "blade like" rhinophores. The body is translucent with green branches of the digestive gland and a dark green patch in front of the pericardium. The slender cerata contain branches of the digestive gland with short side branches.

Natural history:  The one known animal was found at between 3 and 14 m (10 and 46 ft) in a moderately exposed rocky habitat. It showed a diurnal activity pattern while held.

Distribution:  Maui: may also have been recorded from southern Japan.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Ulua Beach, Maui by CP on July 6, 2005.

Photo:  CP: 4 mm: Ulua Beach, Maui; July 6, 2005.

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