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Updated 3/26/2013

Family Hipponicidae


Sabia australis

Kapoho tidepool, Hawaii



Haleiwa Trench, Oahu, 20 feet


Found attached to snails, usually several on one host.  Spire curves backward, typically overhanging the posterior margin in adults, weak radiating ribs with concentric growth rings.  Attains 1/2 inch.  May feed upon feces of host snail or hermit crab.  Leaves deep scar and shelly plate on host shell.  Sabia conica is also found on gastropods, with strong ribs and spire never extending beyond the shell margin.  Hawaii & the Indo-Pacific.