Stiliger smaragdinus Baba, 1949

So far we have seen this species on only a few occasions in the Marshalls. The first was on 6 July 1981 at 5m on one of the pilings under Medren Pier at Enewetak Atoll. This is the first animal below, which measured 22mm in length and looked a bit different from the subsequent specimens from Kwajalein.

On 24 April 2011, we ran across five more specimens on Caulerpa in a mixed algae patch in 8m of water on a Kwajalein Atoll lagoon reef. The next few photos are of these specimens, which looked a bit different from the Enewetak animal above.

The next one had just punctured a Caulerpa "balloon."

This is one that crawled out of some Caulerpa algae that had been collected at Kwajalein and put into an aquarium.

Another accidental introduction into an aquarium from some collected Caulerpa algae.

Created 7 February 2007
Updated 1 October 2016

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