AppearanceThis species seems to be quite variable in colour, in particular, the head, rhinophores and oral tentacles appear to range in colour from a translucent orange to a dark translucent blue-black. The second point of variation concerns the areas with opaque white pigementation. In some animals the translucent body wall has scattered patches of opaque white while in other specimens there is a solid colouring of white.
Hamatani's description was based on an animal from Okinawa in which the head was orange and the white pigmentation consisted of scattered, irregular shaped and sized white patches. He described it as having a ground colour which was translucent or colourless or light orange-yellow. The head, oral tentacles and rhinophores were orange red, and over the dorsal and lateral surfaces of the body behind the rhinophores there were many [irregular] opaque white patches. There was a prominent white [median] band on the head beween the rhinophores which extended anteriorly to the lower halves of the oral tentacles and laterally to the outer sides of the rhinophores. The tips of the oral tentacles and rhinophores were white. The upper portion of the cerata were tinged with reddish orange and there was a small white ring below the protruded tip of each ceras. The lower portion of the ceras was covered with clusters of opaque white dots. It was found feeding on the hydroid Aglaophenia cupressina.
Trinchesia yamasui (Hamatani, 1993)
Cuthona yamasui Hamatani, 1993
DistributionThis species was described from Okinawa, Japan. It has been reported from many places in the Indo-West Pacific region but some of these records are now known to be members of a species complex
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