Paradoris ? sp. e081

This unidentified dorid is known from four specimens at Kwajalein and Enewetak Atolls. Both Kwajalein specimens were under rocks on lagoon pinnacles at depths of 8-12 meters. The single Enewetak animal was in a seaward reef small cave at 15 meters. The animals all measured about 5mm in length. There is some resemblance to the species figured by Gosliner et al (2008) as Paradoris sp. 1, except that ours are much smaller. The first animal below was found under a rock on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon pinnacle in 6m of water on 20 June 2010.

This is the same animal but phoographed the next day, after its black spots had started to wear off.

So far, all the Kwajalein specimens have been seen on a single lagoon pinnacle. The 5mm specimen below was found under a rock at 7m depth on 26 September 2011.

Below is a Kwajalein specimen from 1982.

One more from K9 Pinnacle in Kwajalein Lagoon.

The individual below did not appear to be doing well.

Created 13 December 2006
Updated 23 March 2017

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