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Prionovolva pulchella (H. Adams, 1873)

Description: Shell smooth and glossy; dorsum sculptured with spiral striae at both ends and weak spiral threads in centre. Outer lip denticulate along entire length, with denticles extending across full width of outer lip; those in centre stronger and visible from side view. Anterior and posterior canals edged by strong folds on inner edge; weak longitudinal ridge along entire length of inner lip, which is otherwise smooth. Colour flesh coloured, variegated with red, margins and outer lip light beige.

Size: Up to 10 mm in length.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific to Sydney, NSW.

Habitat: Subtidal, down to 110 m. Rare in NSW.

Remarks: This species was misidentified in Iredale & McMichael's NSW checklist as Diminovula verepunctata Iredale, 1930.

Figs. 1,2: Off Port Stephens, NSW (C.387546)


Copyright Des Beechey 2004