Phanerophthalmus smaragdinus (Rüppell & Leuckart, 1828)

We assume all these different color forms are Phanerophthalmus smaragdinus but have done no anatomical work to try to confirm this. They are found in a variety of intertidal and shallow lagoon habitats. One of the better places to see them is in lagoon slope Halimeda patches at night.

Often several are found together buried in sand, rubble, or algae.

Created 27 January 2007
Updated 27 March 2011

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