Rhodope sp. #2
|Maximum size: 0.6 mm.
This is a tiny, worm-like animal with spicules embedded in its skin. It's similar to Rhodope sp. #1 but lacks a medial orange band. (Note 1)
Natural history: Rhodope sp. #2 is a rarely seen species that lives insterstitially in sand.
It was first
in Hawaii from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu by the meiofauna team during MarineGeo
in May, 2017. There's some chance it might turn out to be a juvenile of Rhodope sp. #1.
Katharina Jörger: 0.6 mm: 2017 MarineGeo; found by meiofauna team; Kaneohe Bay, Oahu; May, 2017.
Note 1: Katharina Jörger sent the following information: "might be a juvenile of Rhodope sp. 1 but lacks orange coloration and spicules are thinner and slightly differ in shape."