Phyllidiopsis cardinalis Bergh, 1875

I recorded about 17 of these animals between 1978 and 1985, both day and night at depths between 5 and 25m. Specimens were found at various sites around Oahu as well as at Puako on the island of Hawaii. This species represents one of my many embarrassments in the field. I found my first specimen early in my days of looking at slugs and quickly (mis)identified it as one of the cryptobranch dorid species (Carminodoris grandiflora) from Kay & Young's 1969 paper on Hawaiian dorids. Then I never looked closely at it again. It was years later when it was pointed out to me that the species has no dorsal gills and was a species of phyllidiid. Just goes to show that it is worthwhile to keep reexamining and rethinking things.

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