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Philine
rubrata
Gosliner, 1988
 
Philine rubrata
Maximum size:  3.5 mm.

Identification:  This is a flattened, orange species with darker orange flecks. There is an internal shell with a broad aperture and fine spiral striae that are not punctate.

Natural history:  Philine rubrata is a moderately common species found in rocky habitats as well as in Halimeda kanaloana beds. It occurs in moderately exposed to exposed areas at depths of 1-18 m (3-59 ft). It lays cream to pale orange, spherical egg masses that appear to be attached by an adhesive surface and hatch in 3-4 days in the laboratory.

Distribution:  Maui, French Frigate Shoals and Midway: widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

Taxonomic notes:  First recorded in Hawaii from Maalaea Bay, Maui by CP on Aug. 8, 1991.

Photo:  CP: about 3 mm: found by PF; near McGregor Point, Maui; Oct. 4, 2003.

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