Polycera japonica Baba, 1949
|Maximum size: 7 mm (seldom
exceeds 4 mm).
is a small, light to dark brown species mottled with darker brown
and cream. The rhinophores appear disproportionately large and there
are short, largely transparent velar appendages. Rarely, purple patches
may be present in the bases of the branchia.
is a moderately common species found in highly protected to exposed
rocky habitats and in Halimeda
kanaloana beds at depths of < 1 to 9 m (< 3 to 30 ft).
It's much more common
in the Halimeda kanaloana
beds than in rocky areas. It lays small, cream egg masses ranging from
1/2 to 2 whorls.
Maui and Kauai: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
Taxonomic notes: It was first
recorded in Hawaii from Black Rock, Maui by CP on Oct. 16, 1994.
light; 3 to 4 mm: found by PF; Maalaea Bay, Maui; Oct. 5, 2007.
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