Vexillum cumingii (Reeve, 1844)

Vexillum cumingii is uncommon to moderately rare on lagoon, pinnacle and seaward reefs at Kwajalein from depths of about 5 to 45m or more, usually found under rocks or in rubble, or exposed on the reef at night. This species is often considered to be a form of Vexillum crocatum, and that seems a likely possibility considering that the shell morphology and animal coloration are very similar between the two "species" and that both are highly variable in shell coloration. For now we are keeping them separate, but should we ever run into V. cumingii paired up with V. crocatum, we may well change our minds. So far we have not found mixed pairs.

Created 7 September 2015

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