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Sabinella munita (Hedley, 1903)

Description: Shell medium size for family, protoconch small, teleoconch rapidly expanding, spire slightly bent. Whorls convex, smooth on early whorls, weak spiral threads developing from about sixth whorl; suture clearly defined. Outer lip scars about one per whorl, sometimes aligned on successive whorls. Aperture wide, outer lip flared, strongly sinuous in profile. Shell translucent or opaque white.

Size: Up to 8 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia. Specimens seen from Cape Moreton, Qld, southwards and around southern Australia to Kangaroo Is., SA, including Tasmania.

Habitat: Subtidal, 18-366 m. The species has been collected on the thorny sea urchin Goniocidaris tubaria and this is presumably its host.. Moderately common.

Fig. 1: 5 miles NE Cape Three Points, NSW, in 40-50 fathoms (75-91 m) (C.016323 HOLOTYPE. First whorl of protoconch broken).


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