young, 12 mm
Pleurehdera haraldi Marcus & Marcus,
|Maximum size: about 40 mm.
is a gelatinous species with a densely wrinkled surface. It varies
from brown to violet-brown and usually has a few small, widely
scattered white flecks. Its gelatinous texture and wrinkled surface
distinguish it from Pleurobranchus peronii and Pleurobranchus
is a moderately common nocturnal species found at protected to highly
exposed rocky sites at depths of 4-15 m (13-49 ft).
Rarely, it can be found in tide pools or the low intertidal. A commensal copepod was found on one at Napili Bay in 1994.
Big Island, Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western &
It was first
recorded in Hawaii at Pupukea, Oahu by Scott Johnson on Aug. 4,
Scott Johnson: violet: Pupukea, Oahu; Aug. 4, 1980.
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