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Helminthope
  sp. #1
 
Helminthope  sp. #1
Maximum size: 10 mm.

Identification:  This is a very elongate, cream animal with spicules embedded in its skin. (Note1)

Natural history:  Helminthope  sp. #1 is a rarely seen species that lives insterstitially in sand.

Distribution:  Oahu.

Taxonomic notes:  It was first recorded in Hawaii from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu by the meiofauna team during MarineGeo in May, 2017.

Photo:  Katharina Jörger: 10 mm: 2017 MarineGeo; found by meiofauna team; Kaneohe Bay, Oahu; May, 2017.

Observations and comments:

Note 1:  Katharina Jörger sent the following information: "longest helminthope ever found, externally similar to Helminthope psammobionta, but with remarkable cruciform spicules (similar spicules known from Rhodope crucispiculata)"
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