Philinopsis speciosa

Philinopsis speciosa Pease, 1860
Family Aglajidae

This slug lives just under the sand or on its surface. It varies from light to dark brown, often with lighter mottlings and sometimes with pairs of parallel orange-brown lines on the head shield and tinges of blue at the edges of the parapodia. It feeds on other opisthobranchs, engulfing them whole. To about 3 in. Indo-Pacific.

Photo and Text courtesy of John Hoover

John P. Hoover lives in Honolulu. He has published two books on marine life of the Hawaiian Islands. His third (pictured at left), a field guide to the marine invertebrates of the Hawaii, will be available approximately May 1999. With over 600 photographs, it will cover 500 species, including 66 of Hawaii's most colorful and interesting opisthobranchs.

Hawaii's Fishes, a Guide for Snorkelers, Divers and Aquarists Mutual Publishing, 1993

Hawaii's Underwater Paradise, Mutual Publishing, 1997

Hawaii's Sea Creatures, a guide to Hawaii's Marine Invertebrates. Mutual Publishing, 1999.

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