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Unidentified Juliid #2
 
Unidentified Juliid #2
Maximum size:  1.6 mm (extrapolated from shell length).

Identification:  This species has a tiny transparent shell with a straight dorsal margin. The protoconch is identical to that of Unidentified Juliid #1  but the hinge teeth are much less developed than in that species. The smaller protoconch and hinge details distinguish it from the shells of juvenile Berthelinia pseudochloris. The animal is translucent-cream densely flecked with white dorsally. Variably developed, irregular, green blotches show through the shell and there is sometimes a large patch of white pigment surrounding the hinge. The rhinophores are short and flattened.

Natural history:  Unidentified Juliid #2 is a moderately rare species found in mixed habitats and Halimeda  kanaloana at depths of 6-15 m (20-49 ft).

Distribution:  Maui and French Frigate Shoals: probably widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific (comparable shells from the Maldives are held at the California Academy of Sciences).

Taxonomic notes:  Unidentified Juliid #1 and #2 appear to be closely related but may fall outside the recognized genera in the family. Live animals were probably first recorded in Hawaii from Five Graves, Maui by CP on Nov. 30, 1997.

Photo:  CP: 1.1 mm:  Honokohau, Maui; Aug. 6, 2002.

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