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Proterato lachryma (Sowerby, 1832)

Description: Shell solid, glossy. Outer lip folded in, with inner edge straight and sculptured along entire length with about 22 denticles. Columella denticulate on lower third. Colour white or fawn with a strong reddish-brown band below suture and lighter bands at mid-body and base.

Size: Up to 7 mm in length.

Distribution: Eastern Australia and the Kermadec Islands. In Australia, Torres Strait, Qld, to south-western WA.

Habitat: Dead shells occur uncommonly in beach drift, and down to 150 m; rarely seen alive intertidally.

Synonym: Erato denticulata Pritchard & Gatliff, 1900

Remarks: The animal of this species has been described by Burn (1982). It is similar to that of the Cypraeidae, with mantle folds which envelope the shell; these are sandy fawn in colour, with numerous papillae.

Figs. 1,2: Iluka, NSW (C.336039)


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