Thecacera pacifica Bergh, 1883
|Maximum size: 20 mm.
decorated with black bands shading
electric-blue and white. It has prominent processes flanking the
branchia and rhinophores. There are sensory organs beneath the
rhinophores similar to those in Tambja morosa.
Natural history: In sandy habitats, Thecacera pacifica
is known from only a few animals found at 8-18 m
(25-60 ft). Some were crawling on sand, others on debris or Halimeda kanaloana. It has also been found in moderately protected to moderately exposed rocky habitats at 2-6 m (7-20 ft).
Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific; also
recorded from the
Gulf of Mexico.
Taxonomic notes: It was first
from Kihei, Maui by Andy Schwanke on Mar. 24,
St. Anthony wreck, Maui; Sept. 2, 2006.
Observations and comments:
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