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Melampus parvulus
Pfeiffer, 1846
 
Melampus parvulus
Maximum size:  10 mm (Kay, 1979).

Identification:  This species has a slender, conical, dark brown shell. There are 4-5 folds inside the outer lip and two on the columella. (Kay,  1979) It lacks the white aperture of Melampus castaneus.

Natural history:  Kay (1979) states that Melampus parvulus is common in the supraspray zone but we've only seen it a few times on Maui.

Distribution:  Maui and Oahu: widely distributed in the western and central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes: 

Photo:  CP: 6 mm shell length: Hekili Point, Maui; Oct. 17, 2009.

Observations and comments:

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