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Eulima acutissima (G.B. Sowerby II, 1866)

Description: Shell relatively large, tall and slender, spire straight. Whorls weakly convex, sutures indistinct; Scars from previous positions of outer lip irregularly placed, more than 1 per whorl. Aperture elongate, flared anteriorly, one quarter of shell length. Outer lip smoothly convex in profile. Shell translucent white.

Size: Up to 17 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia. Reported from NSW, southwards to southern WA. Specimens seen from Port Stephens, NSW, southwards to Gabo Is., Victoria.

Habitat: Empty shells are known from beach washup and from 20 m depth. The species is an external parasite on an echinoderm, probably a brittle star. Rare.

Fig. 1: Twofold Bay, NSW, depth 18 m (C.066101). Shell discolouration here  is due to internal debris.


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