Geitodoris sp. #1
|Maximum size: about 32 mm.
is a flat species with low, even papillae. The notum is light to
dusky yellow, variably blotched with cream and brown. The rhinophores
are cream flecked with brown and frosted with white. The branchia are
yellow variably flecked with reddish brown and white. (Note 1)
We haven't seen
Geitodoris sp. #1 on Maui but Scott Johnson reports
it as fairly common at 10-15 m (33-49 ft) at a highly exposed rocky
Oahu. It feeds on the black sponge, Tethya
(Bertsch and Johnson, 1981).
Distribution: Big Island, Oahu and Kauai.
is the species listed as "yellow dorid" on page 42 in Bertsch and
1981. It was first recorded in Hawaii at Pupukea, Oahu by Scott Johnson
Johnson: about 32 mm: heavily blotched: Pupukea, Oahu; Aug. 19, 1985.
Observations and comments:
1: There is some possibility that
lightly blotched, yellow animals might be an additional species. However,
the overall form as well as the structure of the branchia, rhinophores
and papillae appear to support lumping. More photos of the yellow form can be
seen at Scott