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Murexiella brazieri (Angas, 1877)

Description: Protoconch 21/4 whorls. Teleoconch whorls rounded, flattened above, with 6 or 7 foliaceous varices per whorl. Sculptured with strong, foliaceous spiral ribs, often bifid, two on the spire whorls, and 5 or 6 on the body whorl, with a further two ribs on the base. Aperture oval, inner lip smooth; outer lip with 4-5 low, rounded denticles internally on lower half in mature shells. Anterior canal open, equal to or less than length of aperture. Colour white, fawn or pink.

Size: Up to 10.5 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Caloundra, Qld, to at least south-western WA, including Tas.

Habitat: Under rocks and in rubble, low tide to 30 m deep. Uncommon.

Comparison: See Murexiella phantom (Woolacott, 1957)

Fig. 1,2: Bass Strait, Tasmania (C.350998)


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