Philinopsis gardineri Eliot, 1903

Philinopsis gardineri is rather rare in the Marshalls. Only a few specimens have been seen on lagoon reefs and pinnacles, usually in sandy areas. We also saw specimens in the Solomon Islands and in Fiji.

Some specimens can have a few white spots.

The specimen below was found on Kwajalein Atoll's seaward reef in sand at 15m on 16 February 2010.

One from March 2016 in a seaward reef surge channel.

Although the lateral flaps look dark, they are actually rather translucent.

Created 27 January 2007
Updated 18 March 2016

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