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Astele armillatum Wood, 1828

Description: Whorls straight sided, sculptured with six or seven beaded spiral ribs; basal margin keeled with a double or triple rib, the lower section smooth. Base flat, with 10-14 spiral ribs, smooth towards the periphery, becoming strongly beaded towards the centre. Outer lip simple, interior nacreous. Columella smooth, with a weak tooth at base. Umbilicus closed. Colour fawn with irregular tan maculations, columella and aperture white.

Size: Up to 38 mm high.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Nowra, NSW, to Albany, WA, including Tas.

Habitat: Subtidal; known mainly from beach shells. Rare in NSW.

Comparison: Differs from Astele speciosum by having the basal margin strongly keeled, and the basal ribs beaded.

Synonym: Trochus meyeri Philippi, 1848

Figs. 1,2,3: Stanley and Burnie, Tasmania (C.077692)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000