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Coralliophila squamosissima (E. A. Smith, 1876)

Description: Whorls rounded or slightly shouldered, aperture more than half the length of the shell. Axial sculpture of about 12 strong ribs, crossed by finer spiral ribs alternating in size. Columella smooth, outer lip thickened internally in adult shells to form seven or eight broad, low denticles. Umbilicus closed. Coloured white internally and externally.

Size: Length up to 22 mm.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific; in Australia, as far south as Sydney.

Habitat: Unknown. Rare.

Comparison: See Mipus nodosus.

Synonym: Coralliophila stearnsi Pilsbry, 1895

Fig. 1,2: Kurnell, NSW (C.072188)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000