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Cancellaria anxifer Iredale, 1925

Description: Shell with rounded whorls, sculptured with axial ribs, about 14 on body whorl; spiral sculpture of flat topped ribs which cross the axials, about 10-12 on body whorl and 4-5 on penultimate whorl, with secondary riblets between. Columella with three strong plaits. Inner lip with a thin callus; umbilicus closed. Outer lip thin, sharp edged, with about 12 lirae extending to deep within the aperture. Colour pale fawn with brown bands; lighter band above suture, continuing around centre of body whorl; dark brown patches on shoulders.

Size: Up to 30 mm in length, typically about 23 mm.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Ballina to Twofold Bay, NSW.

Habitat: Known from 18-146 metres. Uncommon.

Comparison: This species is more elongate than other members of the genus.

Figs. 1, 2   Forster, NSW (C.090180)


Copyright Des Beechey 2005