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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.

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

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