Tergipes(?) sp. #1
|Maximum size: 4 mm.
The body of this species is translucent with a few opaque white spots
on the head and rhinophores. The cerata, which are slightly angular at
the tip, are
translucent and the orange-brown digestive gland can be seen within
A number of Tergipes(?) sp. #1 were found on a
floating cargo rope suggesting that they are a
part of the planktonic community.
Maui: also known from southern Japan and Australia.
These animals may well be juveniles of the species reported from Japan
by Shouichi Kato on the Sea
Terry Gosliner concurs that they are not Fiona pinnata. (pers. com.) They
were first recorded in Hawaii off Makena, Maui by PF on May 26, 1992. There's some question about their placement in Tergipes.
Photo: PF: on
floating cargo rope; off Makena, Maui; May 26, 1992.
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