Tenellia ornata (Baba, 1937)
|Maximum size: 3 mm.
body and rhinophores of this species are translucent orange with
the distal half of
the rhinophores becoming pale yellow. The cerata are smooth and
translucent, revealing the blue digestive gland within, and are tipped
with white. The foot corners are angular and less rounded
than in most Tenellia spp.
Tenellia ornata is
moderately rare species that appears to have a highly patchy
distribution. All animals came from four dives in Halimeda kanaloana beds with a
depth range of 12-30 m (40-98 ft).
Maui: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
It was first
recorded in Hawaii from Makena, Maui by PF
14, 1995 and is listed in many sources as Cuthona ornata. The name means ornate.
Photo: CP: 3
mm: Airport Beach, Maui; Aug. 7, 2002.