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Haminoea sp. #5
 
Haminoea sp. #5

Maximum size:  4 mm.

Identification:  This species has a thin shell similar to that of Haminoea cf. natalensis but with more spiral striae than typical for juveniles of that species. The animal is translucent-cream flecked with white. Patches of dense white pigment and widely spaced violet-brown spots show through the shell. The wide spacing and diffuse margins of the spots distinguish it from H. cf. natalensis.

Natural history:  Haminoea sp. #5 is known from two animal found at a depth of < 1 m (< 3 ft) at moderately protected to exposed rocky locations.

Distribution:  Maui and Oahu.

Taxonomic notes:  There's some chance that these animals might turn out to be atypical H. cf. natalensis. It was first recorded in Hawaii from Hekili Point, Maui by CP on Oct. 16, 1997.

Photo:  CP: 4 mm: Hekili Point, Maui; Oct. 16, 1997.

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