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Rhodope
  sp. #2
 
Rhodope  sp. #2
Maximum size: 0.6 mm.

Identification:  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.

Distribution:  Oahu.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded 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.

Photo:  Katharina Jörger: 0.6 mm: 2017 MarineGeo; found by meiofauna team; Kaneohe Bay, Oahu; May, 2017.

Observations and comments:

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"
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