Thuridilla cf. vatae (Risbec. 1928)
|Maximum size: about 25 mm.
a cloudy-blue body decorated with diffuse black and yellow patches. The
rhinophores are bluish-cream with brick-red tips and the parapodia may have orange
Thuridilla cf. vatae
is known from two animals. One was found at a depth of 2-3 m (3-10 ft)
in a mixed habitat. The other was found at 13 m (44 ft) on dead coral.
Maui: Thuridilla vatae is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
species may be T. vatae. However, the bluer background and
marginal lines on the parapodia (in larger animals) suggest some degree of genetic isolation
from populations found elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific. It was first
found in Hawaii outside the Ko'ie'ie Fishpond, North Kihei, Maui by Tara
Nov. 23, 2018.
Photo: Karolle Wall: about 25 mm: found by Tara Branham; outside the Ko'ie'ie Fishpond, North Kihei, Maui; Nov. 23, 2018.
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