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Curveulima cornuta Laseron, 1955

Description: Shell relatively small, spire slightly to strongly bent, protoconch large. Whorls straight or convex in outline, smooth. Scars from previous positions of outer lip aligned from whorl to whorl, suture bent at positions of scars. Aperture one-third of shell length. Outer lip convex, weakly sinuous. Shell transparent becoming opaque white with age.

Size: Up to 4 mm in length.

Distribution: Specimens seen from Clarence River, NSW, southwards and around southern Australia to Point Quobba, north of Carnarvon, WA, including Tasmania.

Habitat: This species is a parasite on comatulid crinoids (Warén, 1984). Moderately common.

Fig. 1: Middle Harbor, Sydney, NSW (C.032618). The brown patch inside the mouth is debris. 


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