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Friginatica beddomei (Johnston, 1885)

Description: Shell moderately solid, spire low. Whorls rounded, deeply channelled at suture. Sculpture restricted to weak, obliquely axial growth lines. Aperture entire; inner lip smooth, with callus expanded onto previous whorl at upper end; outer lip smooth. Umbilicus widely open with weak funicle. Colour white. Operculum unknown.

Size: Up to 11 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; North West Is., Qld, to southern WA.

Habitat: Subtidal, down to 700 m. Known from empty beach shells in Tasmania, but deeper than 30 m in NSW.

Figs. 1,2: Off Sydney Harbour, NSW, in 82 m (C.011448)


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