Plocamopherus(?) sp. #1
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a large, dusky cream species flecked with brick red. The
rhinophores appear to be brown and the gills are flecked with red. It
has long lateral papillae irregularly tipped with cream "balls". The
front of the head has long papillae
used as feelers.
This species has
been photographed and
collected from HURL submersibles at 250-371 m (820-1217 ft). The cream
"balls" on the
lateral papillae are probably bioluminescent.
Cross Seamount, Oahu and French Frigate Shoals. It may have been recorded from the Marianas Islands. (Note 1)
first recorded in Hawaii by the Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL)
during Makali'i submersible dive # 211, principal investigator Kitty
Jan 16, 1984. It might ultimately turn out to be in Kaloplocamus.
HURL-NOAA archives, Frank Parrish (PI): pair,
one with multiple small "balls": 371 m (1217 ft); French Frigate
Shoals; Sept. 16, 1998.
Observations and comments:
1: An animal photographed during the 3rd leg of the Okeanos Explorer 2016 expedition appears superficially similar.