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Hebeulima columnaria (May, 1915)

Description: Shell relatively small, elongate and tapering, protoconch large, spire bent. Whorls weakly convex, suture clearly defined. Scars from previous positions of outer lip irregularly spaced. Aperture short and wide; outer lip sinuous in profile. Shell glossy, colourless-transparent, becoming opaque with age.

Size: Up to 3.4 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia. In NSW, known from two lots: off Cape Three Points, 75-91 m; off Cronulla, 40-100 m. In Tasmania, type lot from off Port Arthur in 91-128 m

Habitat: Subtidal, host unknown. Rare.

Fig. 1: Off Port Arthur, Tas. 91-128 m (C.039487, PARATYPE)  The creamish area inside the transparent shell are debris.


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