Ceratosoma palliolatum Rudman, 1988

We have seen more than a dozen Ceratosoma palliolatum specimens here in the Marshalls, all at Kwajalein Atoll. They seem to live almost exclusively on the slopes of lagoon pinnacles, but one was on a lagoon reef off Kwajalein Island. All but two were found at night crawling in ledges and small caves at depths of 10 to 20 meters; the exceptions were seen during the day hiding under a rock. The largest one we've seen measured about 45mm in length.

The Kwajalein Island specimen was found by Christina Sylvester.

Below is a specimen observed in a lagoon pinnacle cave at night on 6 November 2016.

Created 3 January 2006
Updated 23 March 2017

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