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Apicalia brazieri (Angas, 1877)

Description: Shell ovate, solid, spire usually bent. Whorls smooth, moderately convex, suture well defined; scars from earlier positions of outer lip roughly aligned on last few whorls. Aperture nearly semicircular, outer lip sinuous in profile, with weak sinus below suture. Shell colourless transparent or opaque white.

Size: Up to 7 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia. Reported from NSW southwards and around southern Australia to Exmouth Gulf, WA. Specimens seen from central NSW and Exmouth Gulf, WA.

Habitat: Several specimens have been taken in situ from the arms of the starfish Stolasterias calamar but most of the specimens available are from beach washup. Moderately common.

Synonymy: Stylifer immaculata Pritchard & Gatliff, 1900 is a previously recognised synonym.

Figs. 1, 2: Kurnell, Sydney, NSW (C.362728)


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