Dermatobranchus fortunatus (Bergh, 1888)

Dermatobranchus fortunatus is common on some Marshall Islands intertidal reefs, particularly along the eastern reef at Enewetak Atoll. They are usually under rocks in less than 1 meter of water, but a few have been observed as deep as 10meters. Specimens have also been found at Kwajalein and Utirik Atolls. Twelve measured specimens ranged from 7 to 15mm in length.

The small individual below was under a dead fungiid coral on the Kwajalein Atoll seaward reef on 5 January 2015.

Christina Sylvester found and photographed a specimen with eggs in a Kwajalein reef quarry at a depth of about 2m on 10 February 2016.

Created 20 January 2007
Updated 20 August 2016

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