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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 lack of translucent spots on the notum distinguishes it from the similar appearing Chromodoris sp. #2.

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 one recent specimen we are aware of was found at about 6 m (20 ft) in an exposed rocky 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:  Edward Blackshaw: about 3 mm: found by Laura Blackshaw; Pupukea, Oahu; July 27, 2008.

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