Corolla spectabilis Dall, 1871
This is a relatively large, transparent species with a broad swimming
plate reticulated with bands of muscle fibers. It possesses a
gelatinous, internal pseudoconch instead of an external calcareous
shell. Mucous glands can be seen along the lateral edges of the plate.
Corolla spectabilis is a pelagic species that is rarely seen
at night in near-shore waters. It's probably eaten by the gymnosome, Cliopsis krohni.
Big Island: circumtropical.
Photo: Matthew D'Avella: pseudoconch damaged: 3 miles off the Kona
Island; 12 m (40 ft) from the surface, at night; summer/fall, 2007.
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