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Granulifusus consimilis Garrard, 1966

Description: Protoconch of one and a half whorls, set at 45 degrees to the shell axis. Whorls with about 10 axial folds with spiral ribs present both on and between the folds; three primaries per whorl forming elongate nodules at intersection of axial folds; 3-5 finer threads between primaries. Anterior canal long, aperture slightly more than half shell length. Outer lip simple, smooth internally. Columella smooth; posterior canal weakly defined, parietal nodule absent. Colour fawn with major spiral ribs light brown on folds, dark brown between; aperture white. Covered with a thin straw-coloured periostracum when alive.

Size: Up to 44 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia: Lady Elliott Is., Qld, to Wollongong, NSW.

Habitat: Taken in 130-439 m, most commonly above 250 m. Moderately common.

Fig. 1: Off Cape Moreton, Queensland, in 146-183 m (C.106298)


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