Nodolatirus nodatus (Gmelin, 1791)
80.1mm

Nodolatirus nodatus is very common in the Marshalls, abundant in some areas. It is most common on seaward reefs and pinnacles, but can also be found on lagoon reefs. Living specimens have been observed from very shallow water to as deep as we can go on the seaward reef, and they usually sit exposed on hard or rubbly substrates.

They cluster underneath rocks where they deposit their egg capsules, hard to see but present in the photo below in the upper half of the middle of the frame.

With its egg capsules.

Created 10 December 2011
Updated 11 October 2016

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