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Teinostoma lucida (Adams & Angas, 1864)

Description: Shell low spired, thick shelled. Early whorls smooth, gently rounded. Last whorl rounded, smooth, polished. Aperture entire, with weak posterior canal; broad, low nodule at top of inner lip. Outer lip with very strong varix. Umbilicus covered with wide callus with pitted, wrinkled surface. Shell colourless translucent when fresh, becoming opaque with age.

Size: Up to 5 mm in width.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia: Capricorn Group, Queensland, southwards and around southern Australia to central SA, including Tasmania.

Habitat: Most specimens are known from empty shells from beach washup, from the open coast and the seaward parts of estuaries. Moderately common in central NSW, uncommon over the rest of the range.

Figs. 1,2,3: Pittwater, Broken Bay, NSW (C.207896)

 

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