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  • José H. Leal

Shell of the Week: The Elegant Glassy Bubble

Haminoea elegans (Gray, 1825) has been found locally measuring up to 17 mm. The shell is very thin, almost elongate-ovate. Sculpture of very fine spiral grooves. There is an orifice on the apical region of shell, known as an apical depression. This is a very variable species; compare with H. antillarum, which is usually smaller, more rounded overall, with less well-defined spiral lines, and lacks the apical depression. Color may be translucent dirty-white, greenish, yellowish, or pink. Animal translucent with brown and black mottling and spots. Pink shell varietal in photos collected in June 2019 by Bruce Schulz, at Bunche Beach, Fort Myers, Florida.



The Elegant Glassy Bubble, Haminoea elegans, photo by James F. Kelly.