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Comitas murrawolga (Garrard, 1961)

Description: Shell with long anterior canal, with spire length slightly greater than half total shell length. Whorls concave above periphery, straight below; sculptured with slightly oblique axial nodules on the periphery, fading out before lower suture; about 10-11 per whorl. Whole surface densely spirally lined. Columella smooth, outer lip thin and sinuate, with rounded V shaped sinus with apex near bottom of shoulder slope. Colour white, flamed with dark chestnut, a white patch present in centre and on top of each nodule, and a white band encircling body whorl midway between nodules and anterior end of shell.

Size: Adults 48-57 mm in length.

Distribution: In Australia, known from Mooloolabah, Queensland, to Great Australian Bight.

Habitat: Taken in 75-180 m. Rare.

Remarks: This species is probably identical to Comitas kaderlyi (Lischke, 1872), which is known from deep water from Japan to Philippines (Powell, 1969).

Fig. 1: HOLOTYPE. Off Broken Bay, NSW, in 75 fathoms (137 m) (C.063352)

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