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Eatoniella puniceolinea Ponder & Yoo, 1977

Description: Shell minute, usually short-spired, with relatively large body whorl and aperture. Spire outline weakly convex. Protoconch of about 1 whorls. Teleoconch up to 2 convex whorls. No axial or spiral sculpture. Aperture oval, flared anteriorly; outer lip with 2 strong sinuses in mature shells. Umbilical chink distinct, sometimes a narrow umbilicus present. Shell transparent, fawn, becoming opaque with age, with one or two pink spiral lines, one on periphery and one below suture.

Size: Up to 1.1 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Sydney, NSW, southwards and around southern Australia to south-western WA, including northern Tasmania.

Habitat: "On algae in the lower littoral and shallow sublittoral" (Ponder & Yoo, 1977). Moderately common.

Comparison: The pink spiral lines make this easy to identify. See comparison of the genus under Eatoniella atropurpurea.

Figs. 1, 2: Green Cape, NSW (C.354506)


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