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Enixotrophon obtusiliratum (Schepman, 1911)

Description: A slender, high spired shell angled at the shoulder, and sculptured with 9 or 10 varices on the body whorl. Height to width ratio about 2.1 to 1. Varices simple, open at the front, forming an open spire at the shoulder; spiral sculpture absent. Outer lip flared, smooth internally, columella smooth. Anterior canal long, open, slightly recurved. Colour white, exterior and interior. Operculum corneous.

Size: Typically 40 mm in length, maximum 45 mm.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; known from Sandon, NSW, to Kangaroo Is., SA, at depths of 420-988 metres. Uncommon.

Comparison: See Enixotrophon carduelis.

Figs. 1,2: Off Terrigal, NSW, in 250-270 fathoms (DLB5127)

Copyright Des Beechey 2000