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Chicoreus damicornis (Hedley, 1903)

Description: Shell with rounded whorls with three spined varices per whorl. Varices on body whorl with 4 or 5 separate spines on body and 2 or 3 on anterior canal. Spines hollow, shoulder spine largest, bifurcated at tip; lower spines often interconnected by webbing. Whorls spirally ribbed, with two nodules on shoulder between varices. Colour white with wide spiral brown bands or uniformly fawn or purplish-brown.

Size: Average 50 mm, maximum 80 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Torres Strait, Qld, to Lakes Entrance, Vic.

Habitat: Subtidal, 35-200 m. Moderately uncommon.

Fig. 1,2: Off Botany, NSW in 70 fathoms (128 m) (DLB2521)


Copyright Des Beechey 2000