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Tutufa bufo (Roding, 1798)

Description: Shell solid and heavy, with varices every two-thirds of whorl. Single spiral row of large, pointed nodules at centre of spire whorls; up to three weaker rows below on body whorl, expanding into coarse ribs on the outer lip. Columella smooth, sometimes with a few weak plicae anteriorly. Columellar shield expanded, thin, smooth. Outer lip of aperture flaring, with 10 denticles internally, sometimes extending as lirae to outer edge. Anterior and posterior canals well developed, posterior the shorter. Exterior colour white or fawn; columellar shield and outer lip white or pink, deep interior white, columella and interior of outer lip orange.

Size: Up to 230 mm in length.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific; in Australia, Cape Naturaliste, WA, to Bermagui, NSW.

Habitat: Subtidal, down to about 150 m. Specimens have been taken by scuba diver off Cronulla in 25-27 m. Uncommon in NSW.

Figs. 1,2: Off Port Macquarie, NSW (C.106119)


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