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Phos naucratoros Watson, 1882

Description: Shell moderately solid, whorls rounded. Strong axial ribs on all whorls, about 17 on the body whorl. Fine spiral threads cross the axial ribs, the uppermost few stronger, more closely spaced and forming beads at intersections. At least one varix per whorl, only slightly stronger than axial ribs. Outer lip sharp, with strong lirae descending deep into the aperture. Columella with a single plait at base. Anterior fasciole strong. Colour cream or fawn, interior white. Operculum corneous, leaf shaped.

Size: Up to 31 mm in length.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific; eastern Australia to Nambucca Heads, NSW.

Habitat: Known from 9-284 m. Common.

Figs. 1,2: E of Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, in 192 m (C.367308)

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