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updated 9/8/2012

Family Harpidae

Harps

Harps remain buried during the day and emerge to feed upon crabs and shrimp at night, engulfing them with thick mucus.  The animal is larger than the shell and lacks an operculum.  The foot has two sections, the posterior end may be sacrificed to escape predation.  Rarely encountered in Hawaii but fairly common in tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific.

 

HAWAII

Harpa amouretta

 

MINOR or LITTLE LOVE HARP

 

Harpa major

MAJOR HARP