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Unidentified Ellobiid
sp. #1
 
Unidentified Ellobiid sp. #1: shell
Maximum size:  3.3 mm shell length.

Identification:  The shell of this species is oval with a constricted base. Young shells are transparent-white while older shells are stained with brown. There are three folds on the columella (the apical fold week) and fine spiral striae. The outer lip is thickened medially but lacks an obvious fold.

Natural history:  The shells of unidentified ellobiid sp. #1 are rare in beach drift.

Distribution:  Maui.

Taxonomic notes:  This species is listed in Severns, 2011 as Ophicardelus sp. 1. However, it seems closer to shells labelled Microtralia sp. on-line. So, we've decided to leave is as un. sp. #1 pending further work. It seems likely that unidentified ellobiids #1, #2, and #3 are in the same genus.

Photo:  CP: composite photo, two shells; largest 2.8 mm: left--beach drift, Hana Bay, Maui; fall, 1988: right--beach drift, Mokuleia Bay, Maui; fall, 1984.

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