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Marinula xanthostoma H. & A. Adams, 1855

Description: Shell up to 5 whorls, apex blunt, aperture about 50% of total shell length. Spire convex in outline, whorls rounded. Shell surface smooth. Inner lip of aperture with 3 strong folds, the uppermost largest and pointed downwards. Parietal wall with sharp-edged callus. Outer lip sharp. Colour white or pink.

Size: Up to 10.5 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia. Moreton Bay, Qld, southwards and around southern Australia to south-western WA, including Tas.

Habitat: Lives at the upper limit of the tide, among strand-line debris in estuaries and in salt lakes. Rare north of Sydney, common in southern Australia.

Fig. 1: Twofold Bay, NSW (C.310012).


Copyright Des Beechey 8 June 2018