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Pleurehdera haraldi
Marcus & Marcus, 1970
 
Pleurehdera haraldi
Maximum size:  about 40 mm.

Identification:  This is a gelatinous species with a densely wrinkled surface. It varies from brown to violet-brown and usually has a few small, widely scattered white flecks. Its gelatinous texture and wrinkled surface distinguish it from Pleurobranchus peronii and Pleurobranchus varians.

Natural history:  Pleurehdera haraldi is a moderately common nocturnal species found at protected to highly exposed rocky sites at depths of  4-15 m (13-49 ft). Rarely, it can be found in tide pools or the low intertidal. A commensal copepod was found on one at Napili Bay in 1994.

Distribution:  Big Island, Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii at Pupukea, Oahu by Scott Johnson on Aug. 4, 1980.

Photo:   Scott Johnson: violet:

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