Notobryon wardi Odhner, 1936
|Maximum size: about 20 mm.
This species has four short, broad lobes on its notum. It's body is
translucent-brown flecked with slightly iridescent white and with
cloudy brown blotches on its sides. There are usully fine, olive-brown lines on
the short, transparent gills. There's a prominent crest on the notum posterior to the
is rare on Maui with about five animals known. Maui animals were in Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths
of 8-9 m (25-30 ft). On Oahu, Scott Johnson found
one animal on a rubble bottom at 45 m (148 ft) and Terry Gosliner found
one in a dredged sample from 110 m (328 ft). Another was found in an
artificial tide pool on the Big Island. It can swim by lateral
flexing if disturbed.
Big Island, Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.
It was first recorded in Hawaii off Hale'iwa, Oahu by Terry Gosliner in Aug.
1973 (dredged). The species was named after M. Ward who collected the first specimens.
Johnson: Kapuhi Point, Oahu; Dec. 3, 1985.
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