Unidentified Pleurobranchid #3
|Maximum size: about 28 mm.|
is a pale peach animal that may appear white in ambient light. It has a
weakly pustulate notum and may be distinguished from Berthella stellata by its lack of translucent-white reticulation.
pleurobranchid #3 is
known from a single animal found in a lava tube at a depth of 8 m (25 ft).
Perhaps, this is a second Berthellina sp.? (Note 1) Alternatively, there's a chance that it might turn out to be a very pale Berthelina delicata. It was first recorded in Hawaii at "Kei Kei Caverns," Kohala Coast, Big
Island by David Rafalovich on Aug. 1, 2013.
Photo: David Rafalovich:
about 28 mm: "Kei Kei Caverns," Kohala Coast, Big Island; Aug. 1, 2013.
Observations and comments:
1: By process of elimination, it's
possible that this is the animal that "goes with" the shells illustrated
as Unidentified Pleurobranchid #2. However, we're listing them
separately pending an opportunity for direct comparison.