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Laevidentalium lubricatum (G.B. Sowerby II, 1860)

Description: Shape moderately curved. Weight solid. Aperture diameter up to 6 mm. Apex sometimes with notch. Sculpture smooth, glossy, without any longitudinal ribs. Transverse sculpture of growth lines or weak annular bulges. Aperture circular. Colour white.

Size: Up to 65 mm in length.

Distribution: Global distribution unknown. In Australia, known from all Australian states except SA.

Habitat: Lives in sand. Ranges from the littoral zone down to 1125 m (Lamprell & Healy, 1998). Common.

Comparison: This species is most similar to L. crocinum but is white in colour as opposed to yellow or orange in that species. It has irregular, weak annular swellings (Fig. 1), which are only evident in larger shells over about 30 mm in length.

Synonymy: A previously recognised synonym is Dentalium (Laevidentalium) laseroni Colman, 1958.

Fig. 1: Off Tweed Heads, NSW, in 73 m (C.174632).


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