Goniobranchus vibratus (Pease, 1860)

Although a common species in Hawaii, so far this is known from the Marshalls from only two juvenile specimens found at Enewetak Atoll. The two were 4mm and 9mm in length. The photo below shows the larger of the two. The two were found on a shallow lagoon reef only two days apart in the same general location (a few hundred meters apart) on 14 and 16 July 1982 and have not been seen in the Marshalls again. Could these have been a couple of errant larvae that somehow made the long trip from Hawaii to Enewetak?

Created 16 December 2005
Updated 1 July 2012

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