Platydoris formosa (Alder & Hancock,
|Maximum size: about 150 mm (estimated from photo).
is a flattened, firm-textured, cream dorid intricately flecked
with light brown. The light brown flecks transition to dark brown on
the rhinophore sheaths and the margin of the notum. The rhinophores are
red and there are red blotches on the underside. Some animals also have
red blotches on the notum.
is a moderately rare species found in tide pools and subtidally to 20 m
(66 ft) at moderately exposed to highly exposed rocky sites. A pair of
animals found together appeared to show trailing behavior in a holding
bucket. Scott Johnson also observed trailing in the field on June 2,
1984 off Makua Beach, Oahu. It lays a pale orange egg mass that hatches
in about eight days
in the laboratory.
Big Island, Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
species is referred to as the "speckled platydoris" in Hoover,
2006 (deleted in 5th printing). It was first reported in Hawaii from
Moana, Oahu in Dec.,
(Kay & Young, 1969).
Schwanke: Molokini Islet; May, 2005.
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