Recluzia hargravesi Cox,1870 ?

After 30 years hoping to find this species alive I found three cast up during a strong onshore wind, along
with the brown floating anemones (Minyas sp) that this species preys upon. Two had many eggs
suspended from the bubble raft. Put into a tank for observation they consumed two of the anemones,
leaving nothing but the hardened float chamber. They then spent time enlarging their bubble rafts, after
which they set upon the many small anemones that were attached to a piece of pumice also in the tank.


Above image shows Recluzia preying upon a floating anemone (Minyas sp?)

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