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