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.