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Dermomurex goldsteini (Tenison-Woods, 1876)

Description: Whorls with seven strong axial varices, continuous from whorl to whorl; spiral sculpture of broad low ribs, two on spire whorls and three on body whorl, obsolete on some specimens. Secondary spiral threads, 15-30 on penultimate whorl, occur on and between primary ribs and cross varices. Inner and outer lip of aperture smooth; anterior canal open, upturned, about as long as aperture. Surface chalky white, easily eroded to reveal a fawn shell with a broad white spiral band on centre of whorls.

Size: Up to 21 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Newcastle, NSW, to south-western WA, including Tas.

Habitat: Known from beach specimens, and from specimens trawled down to 200 m. Uncommon.

Fig. 1,2: Off Eden, NSW (C.125232)


Copyright Des Beechey 2000