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Migaya
sp. #2
 
Migaya sp. #2
Maximum size:  6 mm.

Identification:  This is a small, flattened species with a sickle-like internal shell. It may be solid black or have thin white lines.

Natural history:  Migaya sp. #2 is apparently a rare species known only from a few lined animals found in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu and a few black animals found in rocky habitats off Makena, Maui at a depth of 9 m (30 ft).

Distribution:  Maui and Oahu: probably widespread in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  This species was first reported in Hawaii by Terry Gosliner from Kaneohe Bay, Oahu (as Melanochlamys cylindrica in Gosliner, 1980). It was previously listed as Nakamigawaia felis. However, Ortea, et. al, 2014 restricted N. felis to the Atlantic and placed both species in the genus Migaya. There's some chance that the two color forms might turn out to be different species.

Photo:  Terry Gosliner: striped: Kaneohe Bay, Oahu.

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