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Pugnus parvus (Hedley, 1896)

Diagnosis: Shell minute, colourless transparent to opaque white; whole surface sculptured with fine spiral threads; spire immersed; lip strongly thickened internally, smooth; external varix present; siphonal notch absent; columella with three plaits.

Size: Adults 1.52 mm in length.

Distribution: Australian Museum collection: off Maryborough, Queensland , to Maria Is., eastern Tasmania ; beach to 183 metres.  Moderately common.

Comparison: Readily distinguished among the NSW species by its parallel-sided shape and spiral sculpture.  (See Identification of beach specimens)

Remarks: A brief description of the animal is given by Burn (1983).

Figs. 1,2: Little Manly Beach, Sydney. HOLOTYPE (C.002524)

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