Siphopteron quadrispinosum Gosliner, 1989
|Maximum size: 6 mm.
This species has a bright yellow body. The parapodia are margined in
white and both the siphon and flagellum are red.
is a common diurnal species found on open sand and in Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths
of 6-27 m (20-90 ft). Numbers appear every year on open sand in early
summer and then decrease until virtually none are seen during the fall,
winter and spring. They swim readily when disturbed and lay a
yellow egg mass. On July 12, 2013 Paul Okumura observed one being eaten by the the sand-dwelling anemone, Mesacmaea gilbertensis. (see photos).
Big Island, Maui and Oahu.
It was first recorded in Hawaii from Kihei, Maui by Stan Jazwinski in Oct.
1978. Similar animals from the western Pacific are Siphopteron leah (Ong, et. al. 2017).
Photo: CP: 5
mm: Airport Beach, Maui; June 1, 2008.
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