Pseudoceros ferrugineus Hyman 1959 Palau, Indonesia.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Elongate worm 0.7 in long by 0.4 in wide (18 mm long by 11 mm wide); may get larger. Two slightly developed nuchal tentacles. Body is deep red with white flecks or dots centrally located; yellowish band around the margin with deeper shades of purple between margin and central area with flecks. This genus is speciose on coral reefs and colors vary considerably between species ranging from bright pink and orange to blue and green.
Tropical coral reefs in South Africa, Red Sea, Indo-Pacific, and Hawaii.
Coral reefs often under rubble.
Displays aposematic coloration to prevent predation. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Many species of the genus Pseudoceros, including P. ferrugineus, feed on colonial tunicates.
Hermaphroditic, eggs hatch as Muller's larva that will settle out in a few days and metamorphose into a juvenile resembling the adult.
CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS Aesthetic value for scuba divers. ♦
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