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Apixystus stimuleus (Hedley, 1907)

Description: Protoconch of two large, glossy whorls, teleoconch 31/2 whorls. Whorls rounded or angled, sculptured with erect, open-fronted frilled varices, sometimes spined at the centre of the whorl; about 12 varices on the body whorl. Axial sculpture absent. Spiral sculpture restricted to 2-3 broad, low ribs on base of body whorl, often obsolete. Outer lip expanded, with an open-fronted spine at the shoulder and 2-3 below in well-developed specimens. Inner lip smooth, sometimes free standing. Colour fawn or white. Operculum corneous.

Size: Up to 3.5 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; central Qld to Sydney, NSW.

Habitat: Known from 30-150 m. Rare.

Figs 1,2: 22 miles E of Narrabeen, NSW (C.169887)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000