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Leiopyrga cingulata A. Adams, 1863

Description: Whorls encircled by a strong, smooth keel at bottom quarter of whorls, and a similar but weaker keel at top quarter;  further keel develops at middle of whorls in larger specimens. Surface between keels smooth.  Base with 5-7 evenly spaced ribs. Columella smooth, outer lip thin and smooth. Umbilicus almost but not completely closed by reflection of columellar callus. Colour usually fawn, with axial zigzag steaks of brown, with spiral bands of alternating  brown and white.

Size: Up to 7 mm high.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; northern Queensland southwards to Port Stephens, NSW.

Habitat: Taken down to 20 m, but mainly known from beach shells. Common in Queensland, rare in NSW.

Comparison: See Leiopyrga lineolaris.

Figs. 1,2: Shoal Bay, Port Stephens, NSW (C.324368)

Update History: Picture replaced May 2008