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Fusus schoutanicus (May, 1910)

Description: Shell tall and slender, whorls rounded. Surface coarsely cancellate, with beads at intersections of the axial and spiral threads; about 10 spiral ribs on penultimate whorl, sometimes with a secondary thread between. Low, indistinct varices every quarter to three-quarters of whorl, Outer lip thickened internally and externally, smooth or weakly lirate along entire length internally. Columella smooth, weakly calloused. Anterior canal deep, posterior canal poorly defined. Colour uniformly fawn or cream, varices white with tan patches; white internally.

Size: Up to 31 mm in length, commonly 15-20 mm.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Fraser Is., Qld, to Western Port, Vic, and eastern Tas.

Habitat: Known from 77-400 m. Moderately common.

Comparison: Larger than Fusus adjunctus, and more coarsely sculptured.

Synonym: Fusus conterminus Iredale, 1925


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