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Austrodrillia angasi (Crosse, 1863)

Description: Shell sculptured with solid axial ribs, restricted to lower two thirds of spire whorls, about 10 per whorl, and crossed by fine spiral grooves. Axial ribs fading out on lower third of body whorl. Inner lip of aperture with heavy callus pad at upper end; outer lip with rounded V shaped sinus with apex at centre of shoulder slope. Colour cream or white, dark brown between axial ribs.

Size: Up to 16 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Yamba, NSW, to Victoria and Tasmania.

Habitat: Intertidal under rocks on rocky shores, and down to 145 m. Uncommon.

Comparison: See A. beraudiana.

Fig. 1:  Off Botany, NSW, in 60-102 m (C.169539).

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