with egg mass
Tenellia sp. #11
|Maximum size: 7 mm.
has a translucent-white to bluish-white body with opaque
white covering the
head and notum. The cerata lay flat against the notum and are pale
yellow or white shading to translucent tips. The rhinophores are
translucent with minute red and white flecks and a subapical orange
band. The cephalic tentacles are flecked with orange and there is a
diffuse pink patch on the side of the head. The posterior portion of
the notum has a violet or pink band. The sides of the foot are pustulate.
Tenellia sp. #11 is
a moderately common species that has been found in moderately exposed to highly
rocky areas at depths of 1.5-19 m (5-62 ft). It lays a white egg mass of about one whorl and feeds on the solitary hydroid, Corymorpha cf. tomoensis. (Note 1)
Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
It was first
in Hawaii off Makena, Maui by PF on Feb. 13, 1995 and was formerly placed in the genus Cuthona.
mm: Black Rock, Maui; May 4, 2006.
Observations and comments:
1: Hydroid ID by Joe Rowlett.