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Seila maculosa Laseron, 1951

Description (Based solely on holotype): Shell moderately large for the family, moderately broadly conical, spire convex in outline. Protoconch of 2 smooth whorls. Teleoconch with straight-sided whorls, suture indistinct. Whorls sculptured with 3 strong, smooth spiral cords with a weaker spiral 4 below. Interspaces between spirals with fine axial threads. Base with a further weak spiral, then concave and smooth below. Outer lip of aperture thin; inner lip lightly calloused. Anterior canal a deep U-shaped notch. Colour fawn, with darker axial zones.

Size: Holotype 7.8 mm in length.

Distribution: Holotype from Huskisson, Jervis Bay, NSW.  Two lots have been sorted out from unidentified material in the Australian Museum collection which are a good match to the holotype and may be this species. These are from Shelly Beach, ca. 8 km S. of Yamba, NSW and from Caloundra, Qld. 

Habitat: Unknown.

Comparison: See S. atkinsoni.

Figs. 1, 2: Huskisson, Jervis Bay, NSW (C.102054 HOLOTYPE)


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