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Brookula nepeanensis (Gatliff, 1906)

Description: Shell minute, height to width ratio variable in range 1.3 - 1.5. Protoconch smooth, elevated. Teleoconch up to 4 whorls, suture deep. Sculpture fairly constant; axial sculpture of strong, crisp ribs on all whorls, 13-17 on last whorl, strong on periphery, weaker on base. Fine spiral threads over whole surface between axials, about 12 on second-last whorl, finer and more numerous on base. Umbilicus almost closed. Aperture circular, margin entire, not thickened. Shell colourless translucent when fresh, becoming opaque white with age.

Size: Up to 1.6 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia: Port Stephens, NSW, southwards to SA, including Tasmania.

Habitat: NSW specimens are from beach washup and dredgings down to 20 m, but the Australian Museum holds one Tasmanian lot from 113 m and one SA lot from 183 m. Moderately common.

Comparison: See B. angeli.

Synonymy: Brookula jacksonensis Laseron, 1954 (Fig. 3) falls within the range of variation of this species (NEW SYNONYM).

Fig. 1, 2:  Port Stephens, NSW (C.462817)  (Photos Sue Lindsay, Australian Museum)

Fig. 3:  Syntype of Brookula jacksonensis (C.102819) (Photo Sue Lindsay, Australian Museum)


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