Phyllidiopsis cardinalis Bergh, 1875

Phyllidiopsis cardinalis is rare in the Marshalls, with just a few specimens currently known from Kwajalein Atoll. The first two below were under large chunks of dead coral on top of the seaward reef slope at a depth of about 6 to 8 meters.We have seen specimens of this species in Hawaii and the Solomons.

The next three shots show a specimen found and photographed by Christina Sylvester in a Kwajalein reef quarry at a depth of about 2m.

This tiny animal found by Christina Sylvester in one of the Kwajalein reef quarries appears to be a juvenile specimen of Phyllidiopsis cardinalis. Estimated size was bout 10mm.

Next is another small juvenile under a rock on the seaward side of Gehh Island, Kwajalein Atoll, on 23 October 2016.

Created 25 December 2006
Updated 19 March 2017

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