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Stiliger
sp. #5
 
Stiliger sp. #5
Maximum size:  5 mm (Gosliner, et. al., 2008).

Identification:  This species is nearly transparent with extensive greenish-brown branches of the digestive gland. The cerata are bottle-shaped with yellowish-brown spots on their surfaces and cream patches on their dorsal faces near the tips. The branches of the digestive gland in the cerata have well separated "star-like" clusters of  side branches. The pericardium is white and there may be some brown pigment on the notum. The branches of the digestive gland in the rhinophores extend almost to there tips and are more elaborate in larger animals.

Natural history:  This is a rare species known, on Maui, from only four animals found at exposed rocky sites at depths of about 3 m (10 ft).

Distribution:  Maui and Midway: also recorded from southern Japan.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Midway Atoll by Terry Gosliner and PF in 1993.

Photo:  CP: 2.8 mm: Black Rock, Maui; Sept. 25, 1998.

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