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Updated 3/10/2013

Family Muricidae

Subfamily Coralliophilinae

HAWAII

Coralliophila violacea

Punalu'u, Oahu, 4 feet, 24mm

 

Okoe Bay, Hawaii, 30 feet

 

Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 50 feet

Puako, Hawaii, 40 feet

 VIOLET-MOUTHED CORAL-LOVING SHELL

Common on Porites coral at a permanent home scar.  Difficult to recognize due to heavy deposits of coralline algae.  Attains 1 inch.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.  Formerly known as Coralliophila neritoidea.