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Strombus canarium Linnaeus, 1758

Description: Shell solid and heavy, lip flared. Spire whorls rounded or angled, with weak spiral threads, usually fading out on penultimate whorl. Last whorl roundly shouldered, smooth. Base with about 6 weak spiral cords. Columella with heavy, smooth callus, swollen centrally. Outer lip flared, extending upwards onto half of previous whorl, thickened, smooth internally and externally; stromboid and posterior notches broad and shallow. Colour usually a pattern of dense, axial zigzag purple-tan lines, occasionally cream ventrally, fawn dorsally. Interior and callus white. Operculum corneous, long, thin, serrated. Periostracum brown, smooth, not obscuring underlying pattern.

Size: Up to 97 mm in length, usually 40-60 mm.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific. In Australia, Torres Strait southwards to Sydney, NSW.

Habitat: Low intertidal and shallow subtidal, in muddy sand; abundant in the tropics, rare in NSW.

Remarks: Known in NSW from only one specimen, from Long Bay, Sydney, illustrated here.

Figs. 1,2: Long Bay, Sydney (C.420738)


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