Heliacus areola (Gmelin,
15 mm shell diameter (Severns, 2000).
shells of this species are more strongly inflated
than those of most architectonicids. There are four
beaded cords per whorl and a relatively narrow
umbilicus. It has a terraced operculum.
areola are moderately rare in beach drift.
Live animals are occasionally found in shallow rocky
habitats in association with zoanthids.
and Oahu: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
This species is listed in Kay, 1979, Quirk & Wolfe, 1974, Severns, 2000 and Tinker, 1958 as Heliacus variegatus
(Gmelin, 1791). It's listed in Morris, 1974 as Torinia variegata. It's also illustrated in Severns
(2011) on page 398 (mislabeled as Architectonica
CP: near McGregor Point, Maui; Oct. 4, 2003(?).