Melibe sp. e530

The identification of this Melibe is uncertain. The first specimen was found at Kwajalein Atoll living in a clump of Halimeda algae on a sandy lagoon reef at a depth of 8m. The animal measured about 54mm in length. Like the other species of Melibe, this one feeds using its tendril-fringed oral hood as a throw net to catch small crustaceans. When disturbed, the animal would vigorously swim by lateral bending of the body. Since the original specimen, several more have been observed in the same area.

Created 13 July 2008

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