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Updated 3/19/2014

Family Vermetidae


Serpulorbis variabilis

Kapoho Point, Kailua, Oahu


Makapu'u tidepool, Oahu

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 30 feet


Portlock tidepool, Oahu

Sharks Cove, Oahu 40 feet

Ma'alaea Bay, Maui

Sand Island, Oahu, 4 feet


Common on hard surfaces at any depth.  Brown shell crossed by strong spirals & ribs.  Animal color variable, the only Hawaiian species lacking an operculum. Aperture diameter of 1/3 inch, length of 2 inches.  Hawaii, Line & Marshall Islands.