Dermatobranchus rubidus Gould, 1852
|Maximum size: 60 mm. (Kay,
This is an elongate, cream animal with white ridges and red rhinophores.
We've never seen Dermatobranchus rubidus.
Kay (1979) lists it as seasonally abundant on Oahu fringing reefs. An
animal referenced in Gosliner &. Fahey, 2011 was collected from
the intertidal in Kihei, Maui by S. Jazwinski in 1979. Ralph Turre also
photographed a young animal in a sandy habitat at a depth of about 8 m
Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific.
It is listed in Kay as Dermatobranchus
rubida and was first reported from Hawaii in Gould, 1852 (as Diphyllidia rubida).
Photo: Ralph Turre: about 10 mm: Maalaea Bay, Maui: May 4, 2013.
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