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Pleurolidia juliae
Burn, 1966
 
Pleurolidia juliae
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Identification:  This species is a slender, dark brown aeolid with a white medial stripe on the notum. The cerata are short and widely spaced.

Natural history:  Pleurolidia juliae is a specialized feeder on hydroids of the genus Solanderia. It lives on its host (where it is superbly camouflaged) and can be found at exposed to highly exposed rocky sites. It's egg mass is a "slinky-like" spiral deposited around a branch of the hydroid.

Distribution:  Oahu and Niihau: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This species was moved from the Aeolidiidae to the Facelinidae in Carmona, et. al., 2013. It was first recorded in Hawaii at Pupukea, Oahu by Scott Johnson on March 22, 1978 and is listed on many sites as Protaeolidia juliae.

Photo:  PF: Lehua Islet, Niihau; July 30, 1994.

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