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Pugillaria stowae (Verco, 1906)

Description: Shell small, moderately tall. Apex coiled, at or near posterior margin, offset 10-15 degrees to left of midline of shell. Surface sculptured with weak or strong ribs radiating from apex to margin, and irregular concentric growth ridges. Shell translucent when small becoming opaque with growth. Interior with weak muscle scar. Colour white with brown stripes or patches.

Size: Up to 10 mm in length, usually less that 5 mm in NSW.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia: Woody Head, near Iluka, NSW, southwards and around southern Australia to Geraldton, WA, including Tas.

Habitat: The habitat has not been reported in detail, but it apparently lives on rocky shores intertidally and in the shallow subtidal. Most specimens in the Australian Museum collection are from beach washup on exposed and partly sheltered beaches. Uncommon.

Remarks: Jenkins (2018) described the shell, radula and reproductive system of this species.

Fig. 1: 7390-1 Between beacons, Port Stephens, NSW. Dredged in 5.5 13 m. (C.265967)



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