oligoglena (Schmarda, 1859)
photo 1: Kahe Point, O`ahu, under rock. 5 ft
photo 2: Scott Johnson
photo 3: Cory Pittman, Napili Bay, Maui, tidepool.
ID by Leslie
Newman from worm in top photo (sent to her as a specimen).
The species is described and illustrated in the flatworm chapter of
Reef and Shore Fauna of Hawai`i. Section 2: "This
is possibly the most common and consipicuous polyclad in the Hawaiian
littoral zone.... usually found under rocks below the intertidal zone
on reefs and lava benches of moderate to heavy wave action.
... The animal is ovate to circular, has a highly ruffled
margin, and reaches a length of 70 mm and a breadth of 62 mm. Smaller
worms are translucent buff, but with increasing size the specimens generally
become more densely pigmented....completely mottled or reticulated dark
Newman & Cannon
describe it thus: "... translucent, light brown to darker brown,
with white and brown irregular spots and dots forming a dark brown reticulated
pattern near the margin. Margin white interrupted with brown. ... Conspicuous
head tentacles striped, brown and cream, ringed by numerous eyes at
photos by Scott Johnson taken at Kwajalein, Marshall Islands.
to mottled or or speckled