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Fascinus typicus Hedley, 1903

Description: Shell light in weight, of four adult whorls. Protoconch dome-shaped, smooth, glossy, of two whorls. Spiral sculpture of three elevated keels on spire whorls, the upper smaller; on body whorl, another large keel with successively smaller close spirals below. Spiral sculpture overridden by fine, widely spaced axial threads. Outer lip with thick, broad varix. Columella smooth. Anterior canal broad, short, slightly recurved. Posterior canal well defined, bordered by nodule on parietal wall. Colour uniform off-white or fawn. 

Size: Up to 7 mm in length. 

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Port Stephens to Disaster Bay, NSW. 

Habitat: Dredged in 9-200 m. Uncommon.

Figs. 1,2: Off Sydney, in 176 m (C.321773)


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