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Rostanga bifurcata
Rudman & Avern, 1989
 
Rostanga bifurcata
Maximum size:  10 mm.

Identification:  This is a bright orange species with low, even papillae. The notum is blotched with dark brown pigment that's restricted to the spaces between the papillae. There are a few scattered white flecks on the notum and branchia while the rhinophores have dark brown patches on their anterior faces.

Natural history:  Rostanga bifurcata is known from only two animals found at depths between 5 and 11 m (16 and 38 ft). They were at moderately protected to moderately exposed rocky sites. The mature animal in the above photo was found near a light brown egg mass.

Distribution:  Maui: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Maliko Bay, Maui by CP on Oct. 15, 1994. With it's black blotches, this form may ultimately turn out to be something other than R. bifurcata.

Photo:  PF: 10 mm: found by CP; Maliko Bay, Maui; Oct. 15, 1994.

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