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Terebra venilia Tenison-Woods, 1880

Description: Whorls rounded, sculptured with slender, slightly curved axial ribs, about 21 on penultimate whorl, extending from suture to suture. Subsutural groove sharply defined crossing ribs, and as punctations between ribs. Lower third of spire whorls sculptured with one to three spiral grooves which do not cross axial ribs. Base of body whorl with up to 30 spiral grooves of varying strength. Fasciolar band well defined; siphonal notch shallow to moderately deep. Outer lip thin, simple. Colour fawn with an interrupted orange-brown spiral band below subsutural groove.

Size: Up to 52 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Torres Strait, Queensland, to Sydney, NSW.

Habitat: Subtidal to 37 m. Moderately rare.

Comparison: This species is similar to T. bernardi, but is separated by the spiral grooves at the bottom of each whorl and on the lower half of the body whorl.

Fig. 1: a. HOLOTYPE Sow and Pigs, Port Jackson, NSW (C.129007) b. Sydney, NSW (C.028170)


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