Chicoreus aculeatus (Lamarck, 1822)
46mm

Chicoreus aculeatus is rare in the Marshalls, at least at diving depths. The specimens we have seen have all been fairly deep on the seaward reef. Fragments of shells are frequently found in sand samples collected and sorted on the surface, so they are probably not actually all that rare. The specimen below still retains some of the red sponge-like coating characteristic of most Chicoreus.

Created 1 October 2010

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