Halgerda ? sp e209

We are guessing that this is a species of Halgerda. The photo is not very clear, but our notes on the living animal indicate that the body is oval, firm, and crisscrossed with irregular ridges forming small pustules where ridges intersect. Color is white, finely and irregularly streaked with orange. Largest pustules are also orange tipped. Underside whitish. Rhinophores are tall with elevated sheaths and 16 lamellae, and are white spotted with brown. Gills are also whitish spotted with brown. The single known specimen was found on 22 June 1982 at night in a small cave on a lagoon pinnacle at Kwajalein at a depth of 15 meters. It measured 20mm in length.

Created 12 December 2006

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