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Volvatella vigourouxi
(Montrouzier, 1861)
 
Volvatella vigourouxi
Maximum size:  6.5 mm shell length (Terry Gosliner, pers. com.).

Identification:  This species has a thin, largely transparent shell that narrows into a spout posteriorly and has a medial constriction. The animal is pink, flecked with white.

Natural history:  The few known specimens of  Volvatella vigourouxi have been found on Caulerpa sp. in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu..

Distribution:  Oahu: also known from New Caledonia.

Taxonomic notes:  This may be the animal listed in Kay, 1979 and Edmondson, 1946 as Volvatella fragilis Pease, 1860 (Terry Gosliner, pers. com.). If so, it was first reported from Hawaii in Pease, 1860. The shell labelled Volvatella pyriformis on page 64 of Kay & Schoenberg-Dole, 1991 may also be this species, instead .

Photo:  Terry Gosliner: Oahu.

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