Aegires pruvotfolae Fahey & Gosliner, 2004

Up until 2009, we had seen only five specimens of Aegires pruvotfolae in the Marshalls, all from Enewetak Atoll. All were under rocks on the lagoon reef off Enewetak Island at depths of 4 to 7 meters, and they measured up to 6mm in length. The specimen immediately below is one of these first five. On 8 and 9 February 2009, and additional six specimens were recorded from a single reef at Kwajalein Atoll, where they were under rocks at depths of about 6m, some feeding on a yellow sponge. The remaining photos show some of these. Many more specimens have been observed in the same general area since then, but they seem to come and go; at times we see them every dive, at others they are not found for months at a time.

Feeding on yellow sponge.

A nearby egg mass, probably belonging to one of these.

Here is one of 13 specimens observed under rocks on a shallow Kwajalein lagoon reef on 19 October 2009. The image of this tiny animal was captured from video.

Two shots of an apparently mating pair.

We originally held the specimen below aside as its more elongate body was possibly something different. It is most likely a more elongate Aegires pruvotfolae.

Created 3 January 2007
Updated 26 December 2015

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