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Tenellia poritophages
(Rudman, 1979)
 
Tenellia poritophages
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Identification:  This is a small, cream animal frosted with brown on its notum. Its cerata have brown cores and faint white rings.

Natural history:  We haven't seen Tenellia poritophages on Maui but Larry Harris has recorded it from the Big Island. It's a nocturnal Tenellia that feeds on corals of the genus Porites rather than hydroids.

Distribution:  Big Island: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from the Kona Coast of the Big Island by Larry Harris and is listed as Cuthona poritophages in many sources.

Photo:  Larry Harris.

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