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Eatonina fulvicolumella Ponder & Yoo, 1980

Description: Shell minute, moderately tall spired, spire outline weakly convex. Protoconch of 1 whorls, teleoconch of 2 weakly convex whorls. Surface glossy, smooth apart from weak growth lines and spiral scratches. Aperture nearly circular, outer lip moderately prosocline. Umbilicus narrow, sometimes covered by inner lip of last whorl leaving a narrow umbilical chink. Colour when fresh dirty white to brown, umbilical area and inner lip dark brown, with a dark band below the suture..

Size: Up to 1.15 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia. Nadgee (near the NSW-Victoria border), southwards to Tasmania to South Australia.

Habitat: Lives in the sublittoral on algae (Ponder & Yoo, 1980). Uncommon.

Comparison: This is the tallest species in the family in NSW, distinguished by the dark brown colouration around the columella and inner lip.

Figs. 1, 2: Wedge Bay, Off Nubeena, Tasmania (C.382408)


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