(Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
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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.
is a planktonic species found primarily on drifting debris (although it
may also be found occasionally on mooring lines or buoys). The
flattened "tail" allows it to cling tightly to its 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.
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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