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Episiphon virgula (Hedley, 1903)

Description: Shape weakly curved, apex truncated; secondary pipe well developed. Weight light. Aperture diameter 1.1 mm. Apex diameter 0.7 mm. Sculpture no longitudinal sculpture. Transverse sculpture well defined irregular growth rings. Aperture circular. Colour white with grey bands.

Size: Length up to 20.5 mm.

Distribution: Global distribution: Western Pacific including Japan, Philippine Islands, Indonesia, and eastern Australia. In Australia, eastern Australia from southern Qld to southern Tas.

Habitat: Dredged in fine mud or sand from 22 to 296 m (Lamprell & Healy, 1998). Common.

Remarks: The apex is nearly always truncated and a pipe developed.

Fig. 1: Off Botany Bay, NSW, in 137 m (C.173205).


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