Unidentified Facelinid sp. #9
|Maximum size: 4 mm.
The body of this species is translucent with a few opaque white spots
on the head and rhinophores. The cerata, which are slightly angular at
the tip, are
translucent and the orange-brown digestive gland can be seen within
A number of Unidentified facelinid sp. #9 were found on a
floating cargo rope suggesting that they are a
part of the planktonic community.
Maui: may also be known from southern Japan, Australia, Tahiti and Panama.
These animals may be juveniles of a species reported from Japan
by Shouichi Kato on the Sea
Slug Forum and tentatively assigned to Herviella in Hermosillo & Valdés (2007).
Terry Gosliner concured that they were not Fiona pinnata (pers. com.) and Dave Behrens that they were likely juveniles of that species (pers. com.). They
were first recorded in Hawaii off Makena, Maui by PF on May 26, 1992 and were formerly listed as "Tergipes(?) sp. #1"
Photo: PF: on
floating cargo rope; off Makena, Maui; May 26, 1992.
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