Species Index

Saron sp.
(Thallwitz, 1891)

Distribution: Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Members of this Genus are distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific, Hawaii and Japan. In Australia recorded from Exmouth in Western Australia, across the tropical north, the Great Barrier Reef in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales including Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes: Rarely sighted during the day. Emerges at night from holes in coral and rocky reef to feed. Specimen pictured at a depth of 12 m.

Additional Notes: Saron species are poorly studied and many lack scientific names. They display a variety of colours and patterns, often with tufts of sensory hairs on their bodies and legs. They grow to at least 5 cm.

References: Graham J. Edgar. Tropical Marine Life of Australia, 2019. New Holland Publishers Pty Ltd. p. 158.

Identification thanks to Dr Joseph Poupin, Ecole Navale, Brittany, France.