Favartia brevicula (Sowerby, 1834)

Favartia brevicula is known for sure in the Marshalls from only the single specimen figured below. It was found in a lagoon Halimeda patch at a depth of about 10 on 7 May 2012. The shell was coated with the red sponge/periostracum (or whatever it is) that is often seen on species of Chicoreus. Now that this fresh specimen has surfaced, it seems likely that the shells we have been calling Favartia cf tetragona are in fact worn speciimens of F. brevicula.

Created 22 May 2012

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