Kaloplocamus ramosus? from Hawaii

February 11, 2005
From: Scott Johnson

Hi Bill,

Do these look like they could be Kaloplocamus acutus? These Hawaiian specimens are much lighter in coloration than the other photos on the Forum. The species is relatively rare in Hawaii. I found about 10 individuals over several years in the late 70s and mid 80s, all in ledges and small caves at night at depths of about 5 to 10 meters. One of the photos shows one feeding on a bryozoan.

Locality: Oahu (Makua) and Hawaii (Puako). Hawaii, USA. Depth: 5-10 meters. Length: 20-25 mm. Ledges at night. [lower photo 27 April 1985 (h106-3)].Photographer: Scott Johnson



Johnson, S., 2005 (Feb 11) Kaloplocamus ramosus? from Hawaii. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13091

Dear Scott,
I am pretty sure this is Kaloplocamus ramosus. The compound papillae are more robust and have many more branches than in K. acutus and K. ramosus never has the typical white and orange coloration. As I have discussed in other messages, some anatomical information to compare with the Atlantic-Mediterranean populations would be useful
Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Feb 11). Comment on Kaloplocamus ramosus? from Hawaii by Scott Johnson. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/13091

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