Unidentified Haminoeid #3
|Maximum size: 2.3 mm
species is very thin, transparent and without spiral
striae. Cream and brown rosettes show through the shell. The posterior
edge of the head shield forms a pair of elongate, bi-lobed crests
tipped with cream. Rarely, the dark pigment may be largely absent.
haminoeid #3 is a rare species at moderately exposed to exposed rocky
sites in depths of as little as 1 m (3 ft). However, it is sporadically
common in Halimeda kanaloana
beds where we have found it in samples from 9-17 m (30-56 ft). The
"tail" is highly contractile and is used by the animal to attach to
algae. It lays spherical, white to light yellow egg masses anchored in
algae. The eggs hatch in about three days in the laboratory.
Maui: widely distributed in the western & central Pacific.
It was first
from Kapalua Bay, Maui by CP on May 27, 1997.
about 2 mm (- "tail"): Airport Beach, Maui; Aug. 7, 2002.
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