Re: Liloa curta? from Samoa

September 9, 2000
From: Don Barclay

Dear Bill,

Here is a photo of the Liloa shell . Please pardon the animal interference, but I preserved the little fellow in straight ethanol and couldn't remove him for the photos.

Some sculpture is visible on the shell, but it is mostly smooth. There are wrinkles on the outer whorl where the shell curves in toward the spire, and there are several spiral striae on the anterior part of the shell. Other than that, the only thing I can see are a few growth striae.

Maybe these photos will help with the identification.

Cheers from Pago Pago,


Barclay, D., 2000 (Sep 9) Re: Liloa curta? from Samoa. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Don,
I'm not sure from your photo whether I can see the characteristic 'tooth' of Diniatys dentifera, as described by Clay & Patty Jo and Cory Pittman, or whether I am looking at a bit of animal stuck at the vital place. Can you check for us?
Bill Rudman.


Diniatys dentifer

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