Elysia sp. #9
|Maximum size: 8 mm.
ocellate) on a dark olive background. The margins of the parapodia and
the rhinophore tips are covered with iridescent white to yellow flecks.
blue flecks cluster into patches on the sides of the parapodia and the
top of the head while iridescent orange flecks cover the sides of the
parapodia (clustering into a submarginal band) and form a Y-shaped band
on the rhinophores. The parapodia are short and held in three narrow,
pointed chimneys. There are sometimes a few white-tipped papillae on
Elysia sp. # 9 is
a moderately rare species (only eight known animals) found in
rocky habitats. We've seen it in
moderately exposed to highly exposed areas at depths of < 1.5 m
ft) and in tide pools.
animals are diurnally active. When crawling, it often stretches its
rhinophores forward and probes the substrate rhythmically in a manner
reminiscent of Flabellina bicolor.
mm diameter egg
mass. It was orange and tightly coiled
with a narrow line of superficial, black-green pigment running along
the upper surface of the ribbon. Hatching occurred in about five days
Maui and Niihau.
It was first
PF on May 6, 1999.
Photo: CP: 8
mm: Nakalele blowhole, Maui; March 21, 2011.
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