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Lancea peasei
(Dall & Bartsch, 1906)
 
Lancea peasei
Maximum size:  23 mm shell length (Severns, 2000).

Identification:  The shell of this species is slender with granular axial ribs and randomly distributed enlarged varices. There are fine spiral striae between the ribs. It varies from white to light brown. The animal is cream with white flecks.

Natural history:  Shells of Lancea peasei are moderately rare in beach drift. Live animals are occasionally found in sand samples from Halimeda kanaloana beds taken at depths of around 10-20 m (33-66 ft). Kay (1979) lists a depth range of 8-100 m (26-328 ft) for the species.

Distribution:  Maui, Oahu, French Frigate Shoals and Midway: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This species is listed in Kay, 1979 and Severns, 2000 as Turbonilla cornelliana. It's listed in Severns, 2011 and Tinker, 1958 as Turbonilla varicosa. It's probably also listed in Severns, 2011 as Turbonilla bella Dall & Bartsch, 1906 (in our opinion, the illustrated shell falls within the range of variation of young L. peasei).

Photo:  CP: Airport Beach, Maui; May 12, 2005(?).

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