Harpa harpa (Linnaeus, 1758)
true harp
Harpa harpa
photo by Coltro, Marcus

Family:  Harpidae (harp shells)
Max. size:  7.5 cm SHL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 13 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: from East and South Africa, to eastern Polynesia; north to Japan and Hawaii, and south to New Caledonia.
Biology:  Length based on occurrence record; to be replaced with better reference. Minimum depth assumed from its ecology. Lower intertidal fringe and sublittoral to shelf zones (Ref. 349). Members of the order Neogastropoda are mostly gonochoric and broadcast spawners. Life cycle: Embryos develop into planktonic trocophore larvae and later into juvenile veligers before becoming fully grown adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sorongon-Yap, Patricia - 20.04.06
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 23.04.15

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