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Granata imbricata (Lamarck, 1816)

Description: Shell flattened, width about 2.5 times height. Sculptured with finely scaled crowded spiral ribs, about 30-40 at the lip. Columella smooth, aperture lirate. Exterior coloration cream to light brown with dark brown spots restricted to the spiral ribs, sometimes arranged in wavy axial lines. Interior nacreous.

Size: Up to 43 mm wide, commonly about 25 mm.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Port Stephens, NSW, to Kalbarra, WA, including Tas.

Habitat: Under rocks, often in silty situations, from lower intertidal down to about 20 m. Common.

Figs. 1,2: Long Reef, Collaroy, NSW (C.135775)


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