Rostanga bifurcata Rudman & Avern,
|Maximum size: 10 mm.
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.
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.
Maui: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
First recorded in Hawaii from Maliko Bay, Maui by CP on Oct. 15, 1994.
Photo: PF: 10
mm: found by CP; Maliko Bay, Maui; Oct. 15, 1994.
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