Elysia sp. #2
|Maximum size: 6 mm.
small species with a translucent greenish body densely
flecked in cream.
The parapodia are moderately high with three broad chimneys and the
rhinophores are relatively long. Clustering of the cream flecks defines
irregular green bands on the sides of the parapodia. It may be distinguished
from the similar appearing Elysia lobata
by the narrow greenish-maroon submarginal lines on its parapodia and
pink patch on top of its head.
sp. #2 is a moderately
common species found in rocky habitats (particularly back
reef areas) at
< 1 to 3 m (< 3 to 10 ft). It usually occurs in protected to
exposed locations. Rarely, it may be found in tide pools at more exposed
sites. Mature animals are diurnally active and jerk their
occasionally while crawling. Its egg mass is yellow and usually
composed of only 1 to 1.5 whorls. A small amount of reticulate, cream
extra-capsular yolk may be closely associated with the eggs.
Maui, Oahu and Kauai: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
It was first
Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP in Sept. 1990.
Photo: CP: 5
mm: found by PF; Mala Wharf, Maui; May 2, 2006.
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