Alcyonohippolyte commensalis (Kemp, 1925)

Distribution: 

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Recorded from the Indo-Pacific region, including the Solomon Islands and Japan. In Australia recorded from Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: 

Commonly found in the soft coral Xenia spp.

Additional Notes: 

Small size and cryptic colouration make this species difficult to find and observe. Specimen in photograph around 16 mm.

References: 

Identification thanks to Peter Davie, Senior Curator, Crustacea, Queensland Museum, Brisbane.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Alcyonohippolyte+commensalis. Accessed 12/11/2018.