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Range DescriptionThis species occurs off islands throughout the Indian Ocean, ranging from Réunion to the Maldives and Seychelles; it also occurs around Christmas Island (Röckel et al. 1995). At Christmas Island, this species occupies a unique niche; only seven specimens are known but the species is extant. It is found on coral walls in caves, 30-60 m deep. The Christmas island population is isolated from other populations (H. Morrison pers. comm. 2011). The EOO, AOO, and number of locations for this species exceed the criteria for B1, B2, and D2 classification.