Spinoaglaja orientalis (Baba, 1949)
|Maximum size: 23 mm (Kay,
This species is dark brown or black flecked with white. It has three
irregular transverse bands of orange surrounded by diffuse white
is a rare species recorded from only one or two animals found at
exposed to highly exposed rocky sites.
Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
suggested that the contracted animal from Kaneohe Bay (see
photo) might be sufficiently different to justify listing as a
separate species. (pers. com). However, we've opted to lump since Scott's
animal seems closer to illustrations from elsewhere in the
Indo-Pacific. However, it's possible that all Hawaiian animals will
distinct from other Indo-Pacific populations of S. orientalis with further work. It's
listed in Gosliner, et. al, 2008 as Aglaja sp. #1. It was probably first recorded in Hawaii from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu
by Terry Gosliner in the 1970s and is listed in Gosliner, 1980 as Aglaja orientalis. It was previously listed on this site as Philinopsis orientalis.
Johnson: Makua, Oahu; July 10, 1985.
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