young shell, 2.8 mm
Otopleura mitralis A. Adams, 1854
|Maximum size: 15 mm shell
length (Kay, 1979).
species has an inflated shell with three folds on the columella.
It is mottled-white with occasional brown streaks. There are broad,
straight axial ribs and young shells have spiral folds inside the
aperture. The animal is cream with opaque-white flecks.
of Otopleura mitralis
are moderately common in beach drift. It's a nocturnal sand dweller
that is occasionally found in protected
mixed habitats and Halimeda kanaloana
beds at depths of 1-10 m (3-33 ft).
Maui, Oahu, Kauai, French Frigate Shoals and Midway (also Johnston Atoll): widely distributed
in the Indo-Pacific.
Hekili Point, Maui; March 8, 2009.
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