Ventomnestia bizona (A. Adams, 1850)

The first specimen from the Marshalls was found on 24 April 2011 in a Kwajalein lagoon slope algae patch at a depth of 9m. The shell seems a bit different in color from other published photos, but it is said to be a variable species. The animal was a bit shy and would not come out and pose for the camera.

The reddish inner surface of the shell's outer lip does not seem to show up in other published photos of this species.

The specimen below was found and photographed by Christina Sylvester on the lagoon side of Kwajalein Island's northeast end.

This 5mm specimen looks like a smaller, darker individual of this species. It was observed with several others on algae on the slope of a lagoon pinnacle at night at a depth of about 15m.

The one below was found and photographed by Stan Jazwinski on 5 November 2016.

Created 1 May 2011
Updated 19 March 2017

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