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Clio cuspidata
Bosc, 1802
 
Clio cuspidata
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Identification:  Shells of this species are transparent-white. They have a sharply curved apex and downward pointing lateral spines.

Natural history:  Clio cuspidata is a pelagic species that is rarely seen at night in near-shore waters. As shown in the above photo, its shells are often colonized by the hydroid Campaniclava cleodorae (hydroid ID from Lalli & Gilmer, 1989).

Distribution:  Big Island: circumglobal.

Taxonomic notes:  Probably first found in Hawaii off the Kona Coast of the Big Island by Joe Weston. (Note 1)

Photo:  Joe Weston: side: 3 miles off the Kona Coast, Big Island; 12 m (40 ft) from the surface, at night.

Observations and comments:

Note 1:  Previously, we listed this species as occurring near Hawaii based on the range maps in Pelagic Molluscs on the Marine Species Identification Portal:. However, Joe's photo confirms that it's present in near-shore waters.
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