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Compressidentalium clathratum (Martens, 1881)

Description: Shape large, slender, slowly tapering. Weight solid. Aperture diameter up to 4.3 mm. Apex diameter 0.8 mm, sometimes with slit at apex. Sculpture 1221 ribs at apex, increasing to 2630 at aperture. Transverse sculpture weak. Aperture circular or slightly compressed. Colour white.

Size: Up to 57 mm in length.

Distribution: Global distribution: Northern Australia, New Caledonia, Philippine Islands. Within Australia, from northern Western Australia, around northern Australia, to central NSW.

Habitat: Dredged in sand, 23 m to 1606 m (Lamprell & Healy, 1998). Moderately common.

Comparison: This species is very slender and only slightly curved, with a high rib count of 2630 at the aperture.

Fig. 1: NE of Sydney, NSW, in 741 m. (C.169802).


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