young, about 3 mm
Verconia simplex (Pease, 1871)
|Maximum size: 18 mm (Kay,
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.
Kay (1979) reports
species as being common under rocks in the shallow subtidal and usually
found "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 feeds on pink sponges of the genus Darwinella (Gosliner, et. al., 2018) and lays a cream egg mass (Kay &
Oahu and Kauai: widespread in the Indo-Pacific.
is the species listed as Hypselodoris
(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.
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