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Thuridilla multimarginata
Gosliner, 1995
 
Thuridilla multimarginata
Maximum size:  9 mm.

Identification:  This species 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.

Natural history:  This is a moderately rare species known from only seven animals. It has been found on moderately protected to moderately exposed reef flats at depths of < 1 m (< 3 ft) and to depths of 33 m (110 ft) in areas with rubble and Halimeda kanaloana. Mature animals are diurnally active.

Distribution:  Big Island, Maui, Kahoolawe, Kauai and Midway: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from Kahoolawe by PF in Dec. 1989 and was named after the "many banded" margin of its parapodia.

Photo:  CP: Hekili Point, Maui; March 30, 2002.

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