Scyllae cf. fulva Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
|Maximum size: 12.5 mm.
olive green with a few brown highlights and
fine, linear striations that are not iridescent. It's
rhinophore sheaths are broad and flattened. The posterior mid-dorsal
crest is short and high with abrupt ends. There appear to be small white
tubercles scattered over its surface but there are no blue and gold
Natural history: Scyllae cf. fulva
is known from one animal found crawling on sand-covered dead coral with scattered patches of Halimeda at a depth of about 3 m (10 ft). It moved very slowly and didn't react to prodding. (Kyle Pias, pers. com.)
Kauai: perhaps, widespread in the Pacific.
Taxonomic notes: It was first
in Hawaii from Mahaulepu, Kauai by Kyle Pias on May 5, 2019. It appears close to some photos labeled Scyllae fulva on-line but, due to the high variation in such photos, we've decided to "cf." pending further work.
Photo: Kyle Pias: 12.5 mm: Mahaulepu, Kauai; May 5, 2019.
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