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Tenellia
sp. #5
 
Tenellia sp. #5
Maximum size:  5 mm.

Identification:  These aeolids have a translucent violet-white body and cerata that gradually become opaque-white distally. There is a variably developed, red-orange band just below the small, white tip. The rhinophores and cephalic tentacles are white with basal orange bands.

Natural history:  Tenellia sp. #5  is a rare species found in moderately exposed to highly exposed rocky locations at about 6-14 m (20-45 ft). It is sexually mature at 4 mm and lays a white egg mass.

Distribution:  Maui and Oahu.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii off Makena, Maui by PF on Nov. 2, 1991 and was formerly placed in the genus Cuthona.

Photo:  PF: 5 mm: off Makena, Maui; Nov. 2, 1991.

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