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Babelomurex lischkeana (Dunker, 1882)

Description: Whorls angled, keeled, with 20-30 packed, hollow spines on the keel. Whole shell surface covered with alternating strong and weak spiral rows of semi-tubular scales; about 10 rows below the angle on the body whorl, and another five on the anterior canal. Anterior canal moderately long, slightly recurved. Outer lip crenulated by the external sculpture; columella smooth. Umbilicus usually widely open, bordered by a scaled anterior fasciole. Colour white.

Size: Length up to 57 mm.

Distribution: Japan, South China Sea, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand. In Australia, known from Lady Musgrave Is., Qld, to Lakes Entrance, Vic.

Habitat: Taken in 50-800 m. Uncommon.

Synonym: Tolema australis Laseron, 1955

Fig. 1,2: Off Eden, NSW (C.086576)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000