Boschitestella cf. eloiseae Moolenbeek, 1994
|Maximum size: 0.9 mm shell
species has a single sharp keel on its periphery. The
keel is crossed by relatively fine, angled axial ribs. Some
shells from deeper water at Midway Atoll have fewer but more prominent
axial ribs that form short spines on
moderately rare in
beach drift and subtidal sand samples.
Maui, French Frigate Shoals and Midway: Boschitestella
is known from Japan.
are very similar to those of Boschitestella
illustrated in Okutani, 2000. It's possible that the "spiny" Midway
shells may be a separate species but the spines become less prominent
in larger shells (and in shallower water) arguing for lumping.
composite photo, same shell; 0.9 mm in diameter: beach drift, Mokuleia
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