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Syrnola tincta Angas, 1871

Description: Shell large, slender or very slender, spire straight-sided or weakly convex, up to 10 whorls, last whorl 40% of total shell length. Protoconch (type B) coiled, of about 2 whorls, set on teleoconch with axis inclined at 110 to teleoconch. Teleoconch whorls straight-sided or weakly convex, occasionally concave, suture well-defined, impressed; whorls smooth, without sculpture. Aperture teardrop-shaped, moderately wide, outer lip flared in adult shells; moderately strong plait on columella. Shell variable in colour from white with irregular axial brown flames to irregularly marked with fawn, often with lower half of whorls fawn and a pale brown band around middle of last whorl.

Size: Up to 8 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia: Woolgoolga, Qld, southwards and around southern Australia to south-western WA, including Tas.

Habitat: Empty shells are known from beach washup and down to 28 m. Common.

Remarks: Vafiadis (2007, Fig. 2f) figured the head-foot of this species.

Fig. 1: SSE end of Gabo Is., Vic. (C.342754).


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