Noalda sp. #1
|Maximum size: about 10 mm.
has a translucent-cream body densely flecked with opaque white. It has a
thin, largely internal shell. A dorsal foramen in the posterior portion of the mantle reveals
part of the shell.
blunt "tail" on the right side.
sp. #1 is known from two animals, one found on sand at about 6 m (19 ft)
and the other on algal turf at about 10 m (33 ft). Both were actively
crawling, by day, at moderately
Maui and Oahu: may be widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific. (Note 1)
Taxonomic notes: This species is very similar to "Noalda sp. 1" in Gosliner, et. al. (2018). It was first
recorded in Hawaii from the west shore of Oahu by Roney Rodrigues and Damaris Torres-Pulliza on Sept. 3, 2022.
Photo: Rebecca Bicker: 4-5 mm: Maliko Bay, Maui; Sept. 8, 2022.
Observations and comments:
1: Assuming it's the same as "Noalda sp. 1" in Gosliner, et. al. (2018)--DNA could split them.