Stiliger smaragdinus Baba, 1949
|Maximum size: 15 mm.
This is a relatively large, olive-green species with spindle-shaped,
slightly iridescent cerata. The distal portions of the cerata are
darker green and their inner surfaces are weakly tuberculate with white
flecks. The rhinophores are tipped with white and
there is a dark olive-green line running across the head between the
is a rare species known from only three animals found in tide pools at
rocky, highly exposed sites.
Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
First recorded in Hawaii from Mokolea, Maui by PF on April 24, 1994.
Photo: PF: 11
mm: Mokolea Point, Maui; April 24, 1994.
Observations and comments:
1: Two animals from Oahu showed no
interest in Caulerpa taxifolia,
and C. racemosa when offered
pieces of those algae in a dish.