Chicoreus laqueatus (Sowerby, 1841)
39mm

Chicoreus laqueatus is a rare murex in the Marshall Islands. All specimens at Kwajalein have been observed on the seaward reef, usually at night in honeycomb caves that line surge channel cuts in the reef at depths of about 13 to 20m. At Enewetak Atoll, we also saw three specimens on lagoon pinnacles at night. Like other Chicoreus, it usually sports what is apparently an orange sponge covering over the shell.

The orange coat is mostly wearing off the shell below.

Created 1 October 2010

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