Rostanga bifurcata Rudman & Avern,
|Maximum size: 10 mm.
This is a bright orange species with low, even papillae. The notum is
blotched with dark brown pigment that's restricted to the
spaces between the papillae. There are a few scattered white flecks on
the notum and branchia while the rhinophores have dark brown patches on
their anterior faces.
is known from only two animals found at depths between 5 and
11 m (16 and 38 ft). They were at moderately protected to moderately
exposed rocky sites. The mature animal in the above photo was
found near a light brown egg mass.
Maui: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
It was first
recorded in Hawaii from Maliko Bay, Maui by CP on Oct. 15, 1994. With
it's black blotches, this form may ultimately turn out to be something
other than R. bifurcata.
Photo: PF: 10
mm: found by CP; Maliko Bay, Maui; Oct. 15, 1994.
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