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Melanella augur (Angas, 1865)

Description: Shell large, long and slender. Spire usually slightly bent. Whorls weakly convex, suture well defined. Scars from position of outer lip one per whorl, approximately aligned from whorl to whorl. Aperture moderately wide, one quarter of shell length, inner lip reflected over base. Outer lip convex in profile, sometimes with very shallow sinus at top. Shell opaque white, glossy.

Size: Up to 12 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia. Northern NSW southwards to southern Australia, including Tasmania.

Habitat: Moderately common in beach washup. Host not known.

Synonymy: Previously recognised synonyms are apheles Tenison-Woods, 1879; marginata Tenison-Woods, 1879; mayi Tate, 1900; murrayae Cotton & Godfrey, 1932; orthopleura Tate, 1898; planicincta Cotton & Godfrey, 1932; proxima Sowerby, 1866..

Fig. 1: Middle Harbour, Sydney (C.032614) Protoconch broken.


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