Cliopsis krohni Troschel, 1854
This is a plump, moderately elongate species with swimming "wings" located
far forward near its head. Its body has a finely reticulated surface and a yellowish to rosy
hue. A median foot lobe surrounds the retracted feeding apparatus on the underside of its head.
Cliopsis krohni is a pelagic species that is rarely seen in near-shore waters at night. It feeds on pseudothecosomes such as Corolla spectabilis. (Wrobel & Mills, 1998)
Big Island: circumtropical.
Taxonomic notes: It was probably first recorded in Hawaii off the Kona Coast of the Big Island by Joshua Lambus on July 11, 2008. (Note 1)
Photo: Joshua Lambus: ventral view, slightly contracted: 3 miles off the Kona
Island; 12 m (40 ft); at night; July 11, 2008.
Observations and comments:
1: Previously, we listed this species as occurring in the north Pacific near Hawaii based
the range maps in Pelagic
Molluscs on the Marine
Species Identification Portal. However, Joshua's photo confirms its presence in near-shore waters.