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Fusinus consetti (Iredale, 1929)

Description: Shell of 7 adult whorls. Whorls angled; early spire whorls with axial folds, which become peripheral nodules on later whorls. Spiral sculpture of one or two strong, nodulose ribs at the periphery, with, on the spire whorls, two weaker ribs below, with a secondary rib between each; above the peripheral ribs, 2 or 3 primaries with one or two secondaries between each. On the body whorl, spiral ribs extend to the base of the canal, about 10-11 occurring between periphery and tip of canal. Outer lip lirate to deep within the aperture in mature shells, columella thinly glazed and smooth except for underlying sculpture. Anterior canal long, curved. Colour fawn, with red-brown spots between the nodules on the peripheral ribs, sometimes with indistinct red-brown axial lines. Covered with a thin, brown periostracum when alive.

Size: Up to 50 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Woolgoolga to Jervis Bay, NSW.

Habitat: Subtidal, and possibly intertidal, down to at least 66 m. Rare.

Fig. 1: Bulli Point, NSW (C.082151)


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