Chicoreus saulii (Sowerby, 1841)

Chicoreus saulii is found almost exclusively on the seaward reef, either under rocks during the day or in ledges and small caves at night. It is nearly always found covered with its red sponge coat, although it can wear off on some older specimens. The shells with the sponge rarely have any kind of calcareous growths on the shell, but shells that lose the protective red covering quickly become encrusted.

The one below has some lightly attached arborescent bryozoan growing over the shell.

This is a small individual, less than 25mm in length.

Created 1 October 2010

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