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Hebeulima inusta (Hedley, 1906)

Description: Shell small, short and stout, protoconch large, spire not bent, only slowly tapering. Whorls slightly convex, suture clearly defined. Scars from previous positions of outer lip irregularly spaced. Aperture short and wide; outer lip sinuous in profile with shallow sinus at top (not visible in Fig. 1). Shell glossy, transparent, colourless or pale brown, becoming opaque with age, often with brown patch on last whorl below suture before outer lip, and sometimes .brown band or patch on base.

Size: Up to 3 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia: Woolgoolga, NSW, southwards and around southern Australia to south Australia.

Habitat: Known from beach washup and dredgings down to 183 m. Host unknown. Moderately common.

Fig. 1: Off Forty Baskets Beach, North Harbor, Sydney, NSW (C.362935). The cream area inside the transparent shell is debris.


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