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Ethminolia probabilis Iredale, 1924

Description: Shell much wider than high. Whorls shouldered at upper third; flat above angle, rounded below. Body whorl roundly angled at periphery. Whole surface sculptured with fine, spiral threads, sometimes obsolete. Umbilicus widely open, extending to apex. Sculpture within umbilicus restricted to axial growth lines; no marginal rib around umbilicus. Base smooth, or with weak spiral threads. Outer lip thin, exterior sculpture showing through into aperture. Colour very variable; pink or fawn on a white background, sometimes with axial zigzag streaks. Interior nacreous.

Size: Up to 5 mm high, 8 mm wide.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Manning River, NSW, to Lakes Entrance, Vic.

Habitat: Subtidal, down to 70 m. Known mainly from beach shells. Moderately common.

Comparison: This species is similar to Talopena gloriola but the shell is smaller and more angled, the umbilicus is open more widely, and there is no funicle in the umbilicus.

Figs. 1,2: Twofold Bay, NSW (C.350189)

Page change history: Illustrated specimen replaced 17 Apr. 2007. The previous illustrated specimen was probably Talopena gloriola