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Natica luculenta Iredale, 1929

Description: Shell light in weight, fragile, smooth except for very fine growth striae. Umbilicus open, columellar callus forming a semicircular lobe in the umbilicus. Colour cream, with spiral rows of chestnut coloured spots. Operculum calcareous with two ribs on the outer edge.

Size: Up to 22 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; North West Is., Qld, to King Is., Bass Strait.

Habitat: Taken at depths of 70-284 m. Uncommon.

Remarks: Some authors (eg Kilburn 1976) consider this species to be the same as Natica hilaris (Sowerby, 1914), which occurs in Japan.

Figs. 1,2: Off Jervis Bay, NSW (C.166142)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000