shell & gizzard plates
Philine pittmani Gonzales & Gosliner, 2014
|Maximum size: 13.5 mm.
slender species that has a translucent cream body flecked
with white. The shell has a broad aperture that "flares" apically and
lacks spiral striae. The gizzard plates are massive with the largest
equaling the shell in length.
Philine pittmani is
a moderately rare burrowing species found along the edges of sand
basins and in Halimeda kanaloana
beds at depths of 9-15 m (30-49 ft). It lays a lozenge-shaped to
white egg mass containing a tangled egg string. The mass has a sticky
surface and acquires a coating of strongly adherent sand. Hatching
occurs in 5-6 days in the laboratory.
Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Midway: possibly widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
first recorded in Hawaii from Black Rock, Maui by CP on
Oct. 17, 1995. Shells were found by CP in sand samples from Midway
provided by PF in 1993.
Makena Landing, Maui; Aug. 12, 2002.
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