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Siphonochelus syringianus (Hedley, 1903)

Description: Each whorl sculptured with 4 or 5 double varices, each consisting of two strong, smooth axial folds. A single erect, backwards-pointing hollow posterior siphonal tube situated on the shoulder between the folds of each varix. Scar of former outer lip in hollow between each double varix. Anterior canal completely closed, about equal in length to aperture. Colour fawn, sometimes with a broad spiral white band on the body whorl.

Size: Up to 12 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Fraser Is, Qld, to SA, including Tas.

Habitat: Taken in 15-301 m. Uncommon.

Synonym: Cyphonochelus generosus Iredale, 1936 is based on a large specimen with unusually long canal and more regular tube formation.

Fig. 1: 2.3 km E of Malabar, NSW, in 66 m (C.352980)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000