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Astele scitulum (Adams, 1854)


Description: Early whorls straight sided, later whorls rounded; sculptured with about 9 beaded spiral ribs on the spire whorls, the one or two above the suture being larger. Colour olive green, fawn or red-brown, sometimes with spiral ribs alternating white and brown. Umbilicus open, partly covered by the columellar callus; columella smooth, outer lip simple, aperture circular. Interior nacreous.

Size: Up to 15 mm high.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Cape Moreton, Qld, to Mallacoota, Vic. Beach specimens also reported from SA. Uncommon.

Habitat: Under rocks on rocky shores in the low intertidal zone, and subtidallly to 20 m.

Figs. 1,2: Balmoral Beach, Middle Harbour, NSW (C.350739)


Copyright Des Beechey 2000