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Family Terebridae

Augers

Augers are related to cone shells and turrids, a group that uses a harpoon-like radular tooth to inject venom to capture worms.  Their slender  shells are designed for plowing through sand leaving a trail behind them.  A few prefer drifting up-and-down sloping beaches with the surf while hunting, quickly burying between waves at the water's edge.  Most prefer clean sand adjacent to the reef.  Most species occur at deeper scuba depths.  Horn Shells differ from augers in having a recurved siphonal canal and herbivorous diet.

Note: Species are grouped here according to appearance for easier comparison.  I have elected to keep parent genus Terebra instead of the current (and confusing for the layperson) splitters' trend of elevating subgenera to genus.  Here subgenera are indicated within parentheses.

 

HAWAII - ENDEMIC

Terebra (Oxymeris) gouldi

GOULD'S AUGER 

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) suffusa

HAWAIIAN CAT AUGER 

 

Terebra incomparabilis

HAWAIIAN DARK-SPOTTED AUGER

 

Terebra nodularis 

NODULAR AUGER

Hastula tiedemani 

TIEDEMAN'S AUGER   

 

Hastula medipacifica 

HAWAIIAN WHITE-BANDED AUGER

 

Terebra (Punctoterebra) plumbea

ADJOINED AUGER 

 

 
   

INDO-PACIFIC / HAWAII

Terebra (Myurella) flavofasciata

RELATED AUGER

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) cerithina

CERITH-LIKE AUGER

 

Terebra (Myurellopsis) columellaris

COLUMNAR AUGER

 

Terebra (Myurella) nebulosa

CLOUDED AUGER

 

Terebra (Myurella) flavofasciata

YELLOW-BANDED AUGER

 

Terebra (Myurellopsis) undulata

UNDULATED AUGER

 

Terebra (Myurellopsis) paucistriata

LIGHTLY- STRIATED AUGER

 

Terebra (Myurellopsis) kilburni

KILBURN'S AUGER

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) chlorata

PINK-SPOTTED AUGER

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) maculata

Terebra maculata, Oahu

MARLINSPIKE AUGER

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) felina

CAT AUGER

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) areolata

DARK-SPOTTED AUGER

 

Terebra guttata

SPOTTED AUGER

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) dimidiata

ORANGE AUGER

 

Terebra argus

EYED AUGER

 

Hastula hectica

HECTIC AUGER

 

Terebra (Oxymeris) crenulata

CRENULATED AUGER

 

Terebra (Myurella) pygmaea

PYGMY AUGER

Terebra funiculata

CORDED AUGER

 

Terebra archimedes

ARCHIMEDES' AUGER

 

Terebra amanda

AMANDA'S AUGER

 

Terebra babylonia

BABYLONIAN AUGER

 

Hastula solida

Hastula solida, Oahu

SOLID AUGER

Hastula inconstans

INCONSTANT AUGER

 

Hastula penicillata

PENCIL-LINED AUGER

 

Hastula lanceata

LANCE AUGER

Hastula strigilata

PAINTED AUGER

 

Hastula strigilata f. verreauxi

VERREAUX'S AUGER

 

Hastula lauta

SEA AUGER

 

Terebra (Punctoterebra) nitida

SHINY AUGER

Terebra (Myurella) cf. amoena

Terebra amoena, Oahu

CHARMING AUGER

 

Terebra (Punctoterebra) swainsoni

SWAINSON'S AUGER