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Acteocina hawaiensis
Pilsbry, 1921
 
Acteocina hawaiensis
Maximum size:  4.2 mm (extrapolated from shell length).

Identification:  This acteocinid has a translucent-white shell with broad spiral bands of opaque white. The shell has fine axial ribs and spiral striae with a convex shoulder. The height of the spire is variable. Living animals have translucent cream bodies with faint white flecks.

Natural history:  Acteocina hawaiensis is a moderately common burrowing species. It may be found in sand patches and sand-saturated algal turf at moderately protected to moderately exposed sites at depths of 1-6 m (3-20 ft). It may also be found in Halimeda kanaloana beds to depths of at least 15 m (49 ft).

Distribution:  Maui, Oahu and French Frigate Shoals: also recorded from French Polynesia.

Taxonomic notes:  The photo of this species in Kay, 1979 is mislabeled as Acteocina sandwicensis. It was first reported from Hawaii in Pilsbry, 1921.

Photo:  CP: 2.2 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; Oct. 11, 2007.

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