Salmacis sphaeroides (Linnaeus, 1758)

Salmacis sphaeroides
Salmacis sphaeroides
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 1 February 2016
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
10m
Salmacis sphaeroides
Salmacis sphaeroides
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region. In Australia recorded from Albany in Western Australia, across the tropical north, throughout Queensland and south to around Sydney in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents subtidal areas of algal growth and detritus, to a maximum depth of 90m.

Additional Notes:

Distinguished by the brown/green test with banded spines. May collect detritus from the substrate which is used for camouflage or shade. Grows to around 8cm.