young, 10 mm
dark & light pair
Hypselodoris infucata (Rüppell
|Maximum size: 60 mm.
distinctive animal has a blotchy, translucent-gray body with
numerous black and yellow spots. The spots become proportionately
smaller and more numerous with increasing age. The rhinophores are
white with brilliant red clubs and the gills are white lined with red.
is a diurnal species that is locally common in the highly protected to
moderately protected mud flats and silty reef flats of Kaneohe
bay, Oahu. It ranges in depth from < 1 to 11 m (< 3-35 ft).
Occasionally, it has
also been found on Oahu in somewhat more exposed habitats though on
Maui we've seen it only in Kahului Harbor, another protected site. It
gray sponge, Dysidea fragilis
(Bertsch & Johnson, 1981),
and lays a white egg mass.
Big Island, Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific;
was first recorded in Hawaii at Fort Kam Reef, Oahu by Michael
Sept. 24, 1977. The name
means "painted" and it's referred to as the "painted nudibranch" in
Hoover, 1998 & 2006.
Severns: found by John Hoover; Mokoli'i Island, Oahu; March 29, 1997.
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