Hypselodoris insulana
Gosliner & Johnson, 1999

Suborder: DORIDINA
Family: Chromodorididae


Midway & Kure Atolls {Leeward Hawaiian Archipelago]


Kure Atoll, 1979, Leeward Hawaiian Artchipelago. approx 30mm. PHOTO: Scott Johnson.

Grows to about 50mm in length. Gosliner & Johnson (1999) consider this to be a closely related to the very similarly coloured H. peasei [as H. andersoni] but note that H. insulana is much larger, and has quite differently shaped radular teeth. See Scott Johnson's message below.

•Gosliner, T.M. & Johnson, R.F. (1999) Phylogeny of Hypselodoris (Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) with a review of the monophyletic clade of Indo-Pacific species, including descriptions of twelve new species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 125: 1-114.

Authorship details
Rudman, W.B., 2000 (February 9) Hypselodoris insulana Gosliner & Johnson, 1999. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/hypsinsu

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Hypselodoris insulana from Hawaii

February 10, 2000
From: Scott Johnson

Hi Bill,

Here is Hypselodoris insulana, a recently described species that appears to be pretty much restricted to the hard-to-get-to islands near the northwestern tip of the Hawaiian chain. The pictured animal [approx 30mm long] is the only one I've seen, and it was found in 1979 while I was taking part in a spiny lobster study within the small lagoon of Kure Atoll, the northernmost true atoll in the world. Nowadays, the best chance to see one in the flesh would be to go to Midway Atoll, which has been recently opened up for visitation and diving.



Johnson, S., 2000 (Feb 10) Hypselodoris insulana from Hawaii. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/1853