Haminoea linda Marcus & Burch, 1965

Haminoea linda was described from specimens collected at Enewetak, Marshall Islands. We saw the species on only a few occasions at Enewetak. But one of those times, there were literally hundreds crawling across a sandy slope at Japtan Island, ranging from a depth of about 6 meters to at least 20 meters. Individuals were both single and in clusters or queues, all in motion. In certain areas of Kwajalein Atoll, it seems common. In particular, numerous specimens were observed recently in Halimeda and Lyngbya at depths of 6 to 8m on a lagoon sand spit. The orange-spotted species of Haminoea are still a puzzle to me, and the identification of most of them remain uncertain. The original description of H. linda by Marcus & Burch (1965) mention the orange spots, sometimes surrounded by white, and maroon spots, which in some of our specimens appear more black. However, given the apparent number and variety of orange-spotted Haminoea in the Pacific, there could be an earlier name. We saw a similar animal in Fiji.

The next two shots were taken in a Kwajalein lagoon algae patch at a depth of about 9m on 25 April 2011. The first show shows the mixed algae species within this patch.

Sometimes multiple specimens queue up to move.

An individual with an egg mass at night on a Kwajalein lagoon reef.

Created 27 January 2007
Updated 23 March 2017

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