Hypselodoris sp e063

This apparently unnamed species of Hypselodoris is found uncommonly in the Marshalls and almost exclusively on lagoon pinnacles at Enewetak and Kwajalein Atolls. All were found under dead coral or in ledges at depths of 10 to 15 meters. Sixteen measured specimens ranged from 4 to 15mm in length. An egg mass observed was light peach in color. Gosliner et al (2008) figure this as Hypselodoris sp. 5 from the Philippines.

The two photos below show an egg mass most likely from the associated nudibranch. Although it looks like the egg mass contains orange extra-capsular yolk, the eggs actually appeared to simply be of two different colors. The orange did not appear to be yolk.

The next specimen was under a rock on a lagoon pinnacle on 18 July 2010.

The next one is a 12mm specimen found on a shallow Kwajalein lagoon pinnacle on 8 August 2010.

Created 2 January 2006
Updated 7 October 2012

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