Gloripallium pallium (Linnaeus, 1758)

Gloripallium pallium is moderately common at Kwajalein, usually found under rocks on lagoon pinnacles and interisland reefs, and sometimes on the seaward reef. Shells are often heavily encrusted with sponges and bryozoans. Some differences in animal coloration is evident. Another species. Gloripallium speciosum, has a very similar shell, and we are not sure how to reliably differentiate them.

This one's shell was being broken up by a large Daldorfia crab, which abandoned its prey and ran away when I approached.

Created 9 January 2018

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