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Thuridilla kathae
Gosliner, 1995
 
Thuridilla kathae
Maximum size:  12 mm.

Identification:  This species has a cream body and low parapodia that meet in several irregular folds. The parapodia are decorated with a "salt & pepper" pattern of brown and white flecks. The rhinophores are margined with a band of minute white flecks and minute white flecks form a mask-like pattern on the head. There are peach patches surrounding the eye spots.

Natural history:  Thuridilla kathae is a moderately common species found on rocky bottoms (including in back reef areas). It occurs in protected to moderately exposed locations at depths of < 1 to 1.5 m (< 3 to 5 ft). Mature animals are diurnally active. The egg mass is an orange spiral and the ribbon has a variable number of irregular, orange pigment streaks on its upper surface. The eggs hatch in about 5 days in the laboratory and the pigment streaks remain in the mass after hatching.

Distribution:  Maui: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP in Aug. 1989.

Photo:  CP: 7 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; April 15, 2006.

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