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Family Terebridae


Hastula hectica

Hastula hectica, Hawaii

Hapuna, Hawaii, 46mm


Waimanalo, Oahu, 52mm


Hapuna, Hawaii, 37mm


Waimanalo, Oahu


A rare species found along beach slopes below the high water mark.  Spire often damaged, extent of dark banding variable.  Feeds on worms at night using its broad foot as a sail to surf up and down the sandy slope with successive waves, quickly burying as the water recedes.  Attains 3 inches.   Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.