Phyllidiopsis fissurata Brunckhorst,
|Maximum size: 60 mm.
a large, elongate species with many tall, pink compound
tubercles with irregular upper surfaces. The black notum resembles
meandering among the tubercles. Black lines extend onto the tops of the
tubercles and the mantle edge is pink interrupted by
black rays. The tips and posterior margins of the rhinophores are black
while the bases and anterior margins are pink. The fused oral tentacles
are pink. It
distinguished from the much more common Phyllidiella
pustulosa by its black marginal rays, pink-based rhinophores
and fused oral
is a rare species found in the open in moderately protected to exposed
rocky locations from 10-26 m (33-85 ft).
Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Niihau: widely distributed in the western & central
was first recorded in Hawaii at Makua, Oahu by Scott Johnson on Oct.
1985. The name
refers to the deeply fissured appearance of the dorsal surface. Many sources list it as
Phyllidiopsis fissuratus (changed recently for gender agreement).
Hoover: 48 mm: Pupukea, Oahu; July, 2000.
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