Ceratosoma(?) sp. #1
|Maximum size: 63.5 mm.
this nudibranch is high with a narrowly undulating
margin. It is bright yellow with irregular, white to pale-blue spots.
The mantle edge is white with a peach submarginal band flanked dorsally
and ventrally with a
reddish-purple line. The foot has a reddish-purple submarginal line and
a posterior dorsal “keel." The rhinophores are yellow at the base with
purple tips. The
are unipinnate with long narrow stalks. The pinnae are translucent and
the rachis is purple. (Largely summarized from notes that Scott Johnson took
upon examination of the first animal.)
Ceratosoma(?) sp. #1 is known from only two
animals. The second was found in coral rubble at about 1.5 m (5 ft). The
first laid a pink egg mass while held. (Scott
Johnson, pers. com.)
French Frigate Shoals and Midway.
It was first
Hawaii from French Frigate Shoals by Stan Jazwinski
in June, 1983.
Johnson: about 40 mm: found by Stan Jazwinski; animal transported from
French Frigate Shoals and
photographed on Oahu; June, 1983.
Observations and comments:
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