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Xenotrophon euschema Iredale, 1929


Description: Shell sculptured with two spiral ribs on spire whorls, the upper forming a shoulder, and about 10 on the body whorl, with further ribbing on the anterior canal. Whole surface with dense, foliaceous, erect frills. Columella smooth, inner lip standing free; outer lip thickened with varix, smooth or with five weak nodules internally. Anterior canal longer than aperture, almost closed. Colour fawn or cream, covered with a thick brown periostracum when alive.

Size: Up to 21 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Capricorn Group, Qld, to Eden, NSW.

Habitat: Taken in 14-200 metres. Uncommon.

Figs. 1,2: Off Cape Moreton, Queensland (C.352963)


Copyright Des Beechey 2000