This species of Ceratophyllidia is rare in the Marshalls, known from at least 10 specimens from Kwajalein Atoll. All were found at night on the seaward reef in ledges and small caves at depths from 13 to 18 meters. At least two were found on and apparently eating an orange sponge. The dorsal balls detach easily if the animal is disturbed. The dark pigmentation in the balls can vary from brown to black.
The one below was in a Kwajalein seaward reef surge channel cave at night in March 2016.
Created 25 December 2006
Updated 18 March 2016
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