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Neverita incei (Philippi, 1853)

Description: Shell solid, depressed; whorls slightly convex, microscopically axially and spirally striate. Umbilicus entirely closed by a thick button-like columellar callus. Colour usually fawn, but may be brown, pale yellow, white, grey or purple; interior white. Operculum corneous.

Size: Up to 38 mm wide, 30 mm high.

Distribution: This species has a disjunct distribution. It occurs in the Gulf of Papua and Torres Strait, is absent from coastal waters adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef, and occurs from Keppel Bay, Qld, to Eyre Peninsula, SA, as well as northern Tasmania.

Habitat: On sand flats on the open ocean and in large bays. Locally common.

Remarks: The live specimen photographed is from Port Stephens, NSW.

Figs. 1,2: Minnie Waters, NSW (DLB4017)

Fig. 3: Fingal Bay, Port Stephens, NSW (DLB5050)

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