Philine orca Gosliner, 1988

This is one of the smaller species. At an average size of about 2mm, they are hard to see even though in some areas they are relatively common. Of approximately 16 specimens found at Enewetak, the largest was 3mm in length. They live under rocks on shallow lagoon reefs and pinnacles at depths of 1 to 12 meters.

The animal below found 21 June 2010 on a Kwajalein lagoon pinnacle measured only 2mm.

Numerous other specimens have been found on shallow lagoon reefs and reef quarries.

Created 28 January 2007
Updated 5 September 2016

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