Polycera sp. #3
|Maximum size: 6 mm.
a cream to dusky-gray species densely flecked with white. Clusters of
dark brown spots occur on the sides, at the bases of the rhinophores and
at the base of the branchia. The notum may have scattered light brown
to orange spots. The notum is covered with irregular, conical
tubercles and tubercles on the rachis are tipped with yellow spots. The
rhinophores are large with nipple-like tips (somewhat contractile).
There are clear areas at the bases of the rhinophores around the eye
spots while the margins of the head are angular and densely flecked with
white. The latter characters distinguish it from Polycera
Polycera sp. #3 is
a moderately rare species known from several animals found in moderately
exposed rocky habitats at depths of 3-12 m (11-38 ft).
Big Island, Maui and Oahu: also known from Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
Taxonomic notes: It was first
recorded in Hawaii from Hawaii Kai, Oahu by Darrell Takaoka in Feb, 1999.
Photo: PF: 6
mm; dark: found by Darrell Takaoka; Hawaii Kai, Oahu; Feb., 1999.
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