Colubraria cumingii (Dohrn, 1861)

Colubraria cumingii is one of only two species of this genus at Kwajalein that we have not yet caught in the act of parasitizing sleeping fish, even though it is probably the second most common species of Colubraria (after C. nitidula) in the Marshalls. We most often see these crawling on the walls and ceilings of small caves in seaward reef surge channels at depths of about 10 to 18m. Specimens are occasionally seen in similar habitats at night on lagoon pinnacles. Maximum size is about 35mm. Some references consider this Colubraria clathrata.

Created 24 October 2010
Updated 12 February 2016

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