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Semicassis semigranosum (Lamarck, 1822)

Description: Whorls rounded. Spire whorls sculptured with 5-6 spiral rows of beads. Body whorl with 5-6 spiral rows of beads at top third, with fine spiral grooves below, stronger at base; sometimes axial folds on upper third. Columella with about 10 plaits; umbilicus a small chink, almost closed by columellar shield. Outer lip reflected, smooth inside and out. Colour white, pink or cream.

Size: Up to 63 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Batemans Bay, NSW, to Fremantle, WA, including Tas.

Habitat: In sand, from low tide level down to 360 m. Common in southern Australia, rare in NSW.

Figs. 1,2: Cockle Creek, Recherche Bay, Tasmania (DLB4924)


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