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Julia sp. #2
 
Julia sp. #2
Maximum size:  5.8 mm (extrapolated from shell length).

Identification:  The shell of this species is green densely spotted with cream. There are no brown markings except for a small "stain" on the hinge. The hinge tooth is proportionately larger and more strongly curved than in Julia exquisita. The animal is translucent-green densely flecked with white and white flecks form terminal, medial and basal bands on the rhinophores. Small red-brown spots may show through the partially translucent shell. (Note 1)

Natural history:  Julia sp. #2 is known from only five live animals. However, the number of shells in sand samples suggests that it's more common in deeper water. It's found in moderately exposed to highly exposed rocky habitats at depths of < 1 to11 m (< 3 to 35 ft).

Distribution:  Maui, Kauai, French Frigate Shoals and Midway: shells are also known from Raratonga and Tahiti.

Taxonomic notes:  Live animals were probably first recorded in Hawaii by PF off Makena, Maui on Oct. 3, 1992.

Photo:  CP: 4.2 mm: off Alelele Stream mouth, Maui; May 7, 1996.

Observations and comments:

Note 1:  Shells of this species show moderatel strong red fluorescence under ultraviolet light (395 nM), most prominently when worn.
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