Natica luculenta Iredale, 1929
Description: Shell light in weight, fragile, smooth except for very fine growth striae. Umbilicus open, columellar callus forming a semicircular lobe in the umbilicus. Colour cream, with spiral rows of chestnut coloured spots. Operculum calcareous with two ribs on the outer edge.
Size: Up to 22 mm in length.
Distribution: Endemic to Australia; North West Is., Qld, to King Is., Bass Strait.
Habitat: Taken at depths of 70-284 m. Uncommon.
Remarks: Some authors (eg Kilburn 1976) consider this species to be the same as Natica hilaris (Sowerby, 1914), which occurs in Japan.
Figs. 1,2: Off Jervis Bay, NSW (C.166142)
Copyright Des Beechey 2000