young, about 3 mm
Thordisa albomacula Chan & Gosliner,
|Maximum size: 30 mm.
This dorid has an irregularly pitted notum with variably developed tentacular
papillae. It varies from cream to violet brown. The bottoms of the pits
are usually darker and there may be a variable amount of white
flecking. Nearly all animals have a short white band extending forward
from the branchia and the rhinophores are brown, tipped with cream
flame-like markings. Young animals are smoother and may have marginal
is a moderately rare species found in the low intertidal and subtidally
to about 1.5 m (5 ft) at protected to moderately exposed rocky sites.
Rarely, it occurs in Halimeda kanaloana beds at about 6 m (20 ft). Egg masses range from orange to pink (perhaps depending on diet?)
and hatch in four to five days in the laboratory.
Maui, Niihau and Midway: widely distributed in the western & central
First recorded in Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP on May 5, 1993.
Gosliner: tentacular papillae retracted: Midway; June, 1993.
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