young, 2.5 mm
egg mass _______________
Unidentified Facelinid sp. #3
|Maximum size: 7 mm.
is a delicate species with a translucent-cream body tinged with
orange. The cerata are slender with
brown cores and white subapical bands. The tips of the rhinophores and
cephalic tentacles are white.
facelinid sp. #3 is a moderately common aeolid found in Halimeda kanaloana beds at depths
of 5-12 m (16-39 ft). A 7 mm animal laid a spiral, 2.7 mm by 3.5 mm,
transparent-white egg mass composed of 3.5 whorls with a one-egg thick
ribbon about 0.2 mm wide. It hatched in about two days in the
laboratory. It may feed on Pennaria disticha.
Taxonomic notes: It was first
recorded in Hawaii from Airport Beach, Maui by
CP on Sept. 1, 1994.
Black Rock, Maui; Nov. 11, 2003.
Observations and comments:
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