Miniature melo

Micromelo undatus

''Micromelo undatus'', common name the miniature melo, is an uncommon species of small sea snail or bubble snail, a marine opisthobranch gastropod mollusk in the family Aplustridae.
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Appearance

The thinly calcified shell is covered with undulating brown lines, crossed with two other spiral lines. The shell length is 12 to 17 mm.

The large, colorful body is blue with white spots. The margin of the foot has a diffuse blue line.

Distribution

This species occurs in the Caribbean, Florida, Costa Rica, Panama, Bermuda, Brazil, Cape Verde Islands, Canary Islands, Ascension Island, Eastern Atlantic, South Africa, Japan, Thailand and the State of Hawaii.

Habitat

This species lives in shallow water, up to 5 m in depth, on soft substrates and on the algal turf areas of rocky reefs.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassGastropoda
OrderCephalaspidea
FamilyAplustridae
GenusMicromelo
SpeciesM. undatus
Photographed in
Philippines