young, 4 mm
Thuridilla multimarginata Gosliner, 1995
|Maximum size: 9 mm.
has an orange-brown body with low parapodia that meet in
the center without obvious chimneys. The parapodia are banded in black,
sky-blue, black, orange and white. The rhinophores have steel-blue
tips. It may be
distinguished from Thuridilla neona
by the white marginal bands on its parapodia and by the forked white
patch on the top of its head.
This is a
species known from only seven animals. It has been found on moderately
protected to moderately exposed reef flats at depths of < 1 m (<
ft) and to
depths of 33 m (110 ft) in areas with rubble and Halimeda kanaloana. Mature
animals are diurnally active.
Big Island, Maui, Kahoolawe, Kauai and Midway: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
first recorded in Hawaii from Kahoolawe by PF in Dec. 1989 and was
after the "many banded" margin of its parapodia.
Hekili Point, Maui; March 30, 2002.
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