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Latirus staminatus Garrard, 1966

Description: Protoconch one and a half whorls, smooth and polished. Whorls with about 12 axial folds, crossed by spiral ribs restricted to the folds, usually with a single secondary thread between each fold; 4-7 ribs on the penultimate whorl. Anterior canal long, aperture slightly more than half total shell length. Outer lip with about nine lirae internally. Columella smooth, or in mature shells, one or two lirae and a parietal nodule. Colour fawn, with an obscure brown band below the suture and at centre of body whorl; aperture white.

Size: Up to 17 mm.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; known from Swain Reefs, Qld, to Tweed Heads, NSW.

Habitat: Taken in 73-210 m. Uncommon.

Fig. 1: Off Cape Moreton, Qeensland, in 115-126 m (C.417783)


Copyright Des Beechey 2000