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Limopsis erecta Hedley & Petterd, 1906

Description: Description of holotype, an eroded single left valve. Shell very small. Shape obliquely ovate, umbo tall, centrally placed; cardinal area deep, with long, narrow resilifer. Anterior and posterior ends as well as ventral margin uniformly rounded. Hinge with 5 teeth on posterior side, 7 on anterior side. Interior eroded, posterior muscle scar large and deep, margin denticulate. Exterior with about 20 irregular, concentric growth ridges, and weak radial riblets. Periostracum unknown. Shell colour off-white.

Size: Holotype 4 mm high, 3.7 mm in length.

Distribution: Known only from two lots of dead valves, that is the holotype and paratype from 23 miles (37 km) off South Head, NSW, in 457 m and from the type lot of the synonym Aspalima solator from 12.5 miles (20 km) east of Cape Moreton, Qld in 203 m.

Habitat: Subtidal, 203 and 457 m depth..

Synonymy: Aspalima solator Iredale, 1931 is a previously recognised synonym.

Fig. 1: 23 miles (37 km) east of Sydney Harbour in 457 m (C.24365 HOLOTYPE)

Fig. 2: Holotype figure from Hedley & Petterd, 1906. Records of the Australian Museum 6: Plate 38, figs. 14, 15.


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