Noumeaella ? sp. e242

This unidentified species is known from four specimens from Enewetak Atoll and at least six more from Kwajalein. They measured 5 to 11mm stretched out. The most recognizable character is the presence of a single reddish purple to brown spot approximately in the middle of each ceras, and another lighter and less distinct internal purple spot at each ceras' base.

The Enewetak specimens in the two photos below were found under rocks on Enewetak Atoll's lagoon reef in 1983.

Two more specimens were shaken from hydroids and Halimeda growing under floating docks in Kwajalein Harbor on 6 and 14 September 2009. One of these, photographed with a Dynolite digital microscope, is shown below.

The specimen below was shaken out of a mass of Halimeda and hydroids growing under a floating dock in Kwajalein Harbor on 1 August 2010.

Specimens (below) of what appear to be this species have been found by Jeremy Owens and Jay Lord on buoy lines encrusted with algae, hydroids and other sessile organisms and which mark lagoon bottom shipwrecks.

This appears to be a very small individual found on a night dive on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon pinnacle.

Created 8 January 2007
Updated 5 September 2016

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