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Volvatella ventricosa
Jensen & Wells, 1990
 
Volvatella ventricosa
Maximum size:  about 7 mm (estimated from photo).

Identification:  This species has a thin, faintly straw-colored shell that narrows into a spout posteriorly. The animal is translucent white frosted with opaque white flecks.

Natural history:  Volvatella ventricosa is known only from Midway Atoll where it was found on Caulerpa. It releases a milky fluid when disturbed, presumably for defensive purposes.

Distribution:  Midway: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Midway Atoll by Terry Gosliner and PF on May 30, 1993.

Photo:  PF: shell 6.5 mm: Midway Atoll; May 30, 1993.

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