Stylocheilus longicauda (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825) ? Juvenile?


This animal was found on a 5cm piece of pumice, driven ashore through the surf, during
onshore winds. It was able to maintain a firm grip and was anchored with a strong mucul
thread. It can be seen on the left side of the image below, also evident are small growths
of algae (food source) Also on this pumice were Barnacles, Bryozoans, Worms and a pair
of shelled gastropods (Litiopa sp)

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