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Eudolium pyriforme (Sowerby, 1914)

Description: Shell light in weight, sculptured by about 24 spiral ribs with a smaller rib between. A thin varix on the outer lip. Columellar callus thin; underlying ribs showing though. Umbilicus closed. Colour white with brown patches; some spiral cords with brown spotting.

Size: Up to 85.5 mm in length.

Distribution: Indo-West Pacific, from South Africa to Japan, Hawaii and northern New Zealand. In Australia, reported from Cape Moreton, Qld, to Batemans Bay, NSW.

Habitat: Known from 137-580 m. Rare.

Comparison: E. bairdii is distinguished by the reddish to yellowish-brown colouration on the spiral ribs, in contrast to the irregular mottling of E. pyriforme. Some specimens of bairdii also have beading on the ribs, which is absent in pyriforme.

Figs. 1,2: Off Broken Bay, NSW, in 137 m (C.098341)


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