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Stylocheilus longicauda
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
 
Stylocheilus longicauda
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Identification:  This sea hare has a bright yellow body decorated with pale blue and bright orange ocelli. Occasionally it may have faint brown spots. The "tail" is elongate and flattened.

Natural history:  Stylocheilus longicauda is a planktonic species found primarily on drifting debris (although it may also be found occasionally on mooring lines or buoys). The elongate, flattened "tail" allows it to cling tightly to it's substrate. It is seldom seen around the main islands but  may be common at French Frigate Shoals and elsewhere in the leewards.

Distribution:  Big Island, Maui, Oahu, French Frigate Shoals and Kure: circumtropical.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from a lobster larvae collector at Kure by Scott Johnson on June 16, 1980.

Photo:  CP: 2006 CREEF expedition; French Frigate Shoals; Oct. 25, 2006.

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