young, about 3 mm
Verconia varians (Pease, 1871)
|Maximum size: 19 mm.
of this species is translucent with orange viscera visible
through the notum and, usually, an interrupted white stripe down the
In some animals the white stripe may be continuous (but narrow and with
constrictions). The margin of the mantle is white with a magenta
submarginal line that
becomes diffuse anteriorly and posteriorly. There is often a submarginal
magenta line on the dorsal surface of the foot. The rhinophores and
are translucent and usually tipped with magenta. It can be
distinguished from Verconia sp.
#4 by its magenta-tipped gills, darker-orange notum and narrow/interrupted mid-dorsal stripe.
Verconia varians is
a moderately rare species found in moderately exposed rocky habitats
from 3-30 m (10-98 ft). It is one of several chromodorids that
vibrate their gills. The egg mass is pale yellow-orange without
Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
was listed as Thorunna
gloriosa (Bergh, 1874) in
Bertsch and Johnson, 1981 (bottom photo). It was first recorded in
Hawaii at Magic Island, Oahu by
Scott Johnson on Nov. 14, 1977. The name means variable. It's listed in many sources as Noumea varians.
Photo: PF: Makena, Maui; March, 2000.
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