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Epidirella xanthophaes (Watson, 1886)

Description: Spire straight sided, whorls convex, anterior canal moderately long. Spire whorls with two spiral rows of beads, about 16-21 per whorl; lower offset from upper, often weaker, joined to upper by weak oblique ridges; several microscopic threads between and below rows of beads. Additional two or three ribs below periphery on body whorl, and numerous weak threads below, to tip of anterior canal. Axial sculpture restricted to curved growth lines. Columella smooth, outer lip with rounded V shaped sinus with apex at upper row of beads. Colour fawn, sometimes with white beads or with a brown line between beads of the upper row.

Size: Up to 28 mm in length, commonly about 20 mm.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Yamba, NSW, to Schouten Is., Tasmania.

Habitat: Known from 37-161 m. Common.

Synonymy: Hemipleurotoma tasmanica May, 1910

Comparison: Distinguished from other NSW turrids by the long anterior canal.

Fig. 1:  2.3 km east of Malabar, NSW, in 66 m (C.373923)

Copyright Des Beechey 2004