Home
Acknowledgments
Conventions
Glossary
Maps
References
Links
Articles
Thumbnails
Species list
Family
Next species
_______________
 
Additional Photos
 

side
 

underside
 

young
 



 
Verconia
simplex
(Pease, 1871)
 
Verconia simplex
Maximum size:  18 mm (Kay, 1979).

Identification:  This is an oval species that often appears to bulge laterally in the center. It is opaque white to pinkish-white with a few orange spots scattered randomly over the central area of the notum. The rhinophores and gills are tipped with orange and there is a narrow marginal line that varies from orange to violet. The orange markings on the rhinophores, notum and gills distinguish it from the similar appearing Goniobranchus verrieri.

Natural history:  Kay (1979) reports this species as being common under rocks in the shallow subtidal and usually "firmly lodged in crevices." However, it has seldom been seen in recent years. The two recent specimens we are aware of were found at about 6 m (20 ft) in an exposed rocky area and in the shallow subtidal in a highly protected area. It lays a cream egg mass (Kay & Young, 1969).

Distribution:  Oahu and Kauai: widespread in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This is the species listed as Hypselodoris peasei (Bergh, 1880a) in Kay, 1979 as well as Kay & Young, 1969. The name means "simple." It was probably first reported from Hawaii in Kay & Young, 1969. It's listed in many sources as Noumea simplex.

Photo:  CP: left rhinophore missing: 2017 MarineGeo; Kaneohe Bay, Oahu; May 27, 2017.

Observations and comments:

Note 1:  ( )
Thumbnails
Species list
Family Next species Top