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Cassis nana (Tenison-Woods, 1879)

Description: Whorls strongly shouldered, smooth above. Penultimate varix at edge of columellar shield. Single row of pointed nodules on shoulder, three more rows below, lower rows progressively weaker. Columellar shield smooth, margin standing free of body whorl. Columella strongly lirate over entire extent. Anterior canal upturned. Outer lip thickened, smooth externally but toothed along inner edge. Umbilicus closed. Colour fawn, apices of nodules usually white.

Size: Up to 65 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Townsville, Qld to Trial Bay, NSW.

Habitat: Occasionally dead on the beach, but usually trawled in 50-220 m. Uncommon.

Figs. 1,2: Off Tweed Heads, NSW, in 54 m (C.095393)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000