Verconia norba (Marcus & Marcus, 1970)

Verconia norba is found occasionally at both Enewetak and Kwajalein Atolls. It lives under dead coral on lagoon interisland and pinnacle reefs at depths of 3 to 10 meters. 11 specimens measured at Enewetak ranged from 7 to 14mm in length. Of the first two photos below, the upper one shows a specimen from Enewetak while the lower is one from Kwajalein. We also found a pair of this species with eggs in the Solomon Islands.

The photo below is a bit fuzzy, but it shows the gills fully extended.

The specimen in the next two photos was found under a rock on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon pinnacle at a depth of about 5m on 6 June 2010.

Below is a tiny young juvenile, and it appears to be comfortably nested into its prey sponge.

The one below was found under a rock on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon pinnacle on 5 September 2010.

Created 18 December 2005
Updated 3 February 2016

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