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Thecacera pacifica
Bergh, 1883
 
Thecacera pacifica
Maximum size:  20 mm.

Identification:  This is a translucent-orange animal decorated with black bands shading into electric-blue and white.

Natural history:  On Maui, Thecacera pacifica is known from only a few animals found along the leeward coast at 8-18 m (25-60 ft). Some were crawling on sand, others on debris or Halimeda kanaloana. It has also been found in a moderately protected rocky habitat on the Kona coast of the Big Island at 3-6 m (10-20 ft).

Distribution:  Big Island and Maui: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific; also recorded from the Gulf of Mexico.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Kihei, Maui by Andy Schwanke on Mar. 24, 2004.

Photo:  PF: St. Anthony wreck, Maui; Sept. 2, 2006.

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