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Melampus granifer (Mousson, 1849)

Description: Aperture about 70% of total shell length, spire weakly convex. Shell sculptured with regularly spaced spiral grooves and sometimes irregularly spaced axial grooves that break the surface into rectangular beads. Aperture narrow; inner lip with 4 widely spaced and relatively weak folds; outer lip not thickened, with numerous lirae internally as is characteristic of all species of Melampus. Umbilicus closed. Colour fawn or brown.

Size: Up to 14 mm in length.

Distribution: Tropical Indo-West Pacific. In Australia, Broome and Barrow Island, WA, around northern Australia, to Brunswick River, northern NSW.

Habitat: The habitat of this species is not recorded, but other ellobiids live in the upper littoral region in mangroves and salt marshes.

Remarks: Denis Riek gives excellent photos of shells and a living animal at http://www.roboastra.com/Mollusc5/brpr534.htm

Fig. 1: Sinclair Bay, Edgecombe Bay, Qld (C.411687).


Copyright Des Beechey 8 June 2018