Melanodrymia ?galeronae Warén & Bouchet, 2001. Family Neomphalidae. ChEss logo OBIS genus link

See also: Warén & Bouchet, 2001, p. 144 (Fig.15k), for SEM of the protoconch.

Size under dissecting microscope: 250µm
Size under compound microscope: 240µm
This is a moderately large protoconch with overall fine reticulate sculpture. The anterior edge flares at the aperture, which is strongly sinuous.
Pump EPR 1999-2000: Rare
Pump EPR 2004: Not collected
Trap EPR 2004-2005: Rare

Can be confused with

Melanodrymia ?galeronae is most likely to be confused with its congener, Melanodrymia aurantiaca. The protoconchs are very similar in size and general appearance. However, the sculpture is finer on M. ?galeronae, the aperture is less strongly sinuous and it lacks the distinct bump above the aperture.
Neomphalid sp. B
Neomphalid sp. B – This protoconch is very similar in size and general appearance. However, it has a thin ridge that parallels the aperture, forming a distinct rim. The aperture is straighter in this species and the sculpture is stronger and more regular, forming distinct rows at the anterior end of the shell.
Unknown neomphalid 290 Unknown neomphalid 290μm – This protoconch is very similar in general appearance and sculpture and may well be an undescribed Melanodrymia species. It is, however, larger (290μ against 250μm) and the aperture is more deeply sinuous, as well as flaring out more at the outer edge.
Bathymargarites symplector – This protoconch is similar in general appearance, but is much larger (~350μm) and lacks the overall reticulate sculpture.

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