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Enatimene simplex (Hedley, 1903)

Description: Protoconch smooth, bulbous, of two whorls; teleoconch three or four whorls. Shell fusiform, whorls rounded, spire less than half total shell length. Sculpture variable from weak to strong; axial folds, 7-14 on body whorl, crossed by spiral ribs, 3-4 on latter spire whorls, four on body whorl and about four on upper part of anterior canal; lower portion of canal smooth. Outer lip thickened into a strong, broad varix; smooth internally, occasionally with a strong denticle at bottom in very mature shells. Inner lip smooth, slightly produced beyond columella. Anterior canal (usually broken off) almost as long as spire . Colour fawn.

Size: Up to 14 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Cape Moreton, Qld, to Cape Wiles, SA, including Tas.

Habitat: Taken in 28-400 m. Common.

Comparison: Closely resembles Litozamia species, but more elongate.

Figs 1,2: Off Montague island, NSW, in 91 m (C.048096)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000