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Daphnella botanica Hedley, 1918

Description: Aperture more than half total shell length. Whorls rounded, with a broad, shallow groove at top of each whorl. Whole surface sculptured with fine, dense, axial riblets crossed by spiral riblets of about same spacing and strength, giving a cancellate surface with minute beads at the intersections. Columella smooth, outer lip thickened internally in mature shells, with a sinus at the suture. Colour fawn with irregular white patches.

Size: Up to 26 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia; Sydney, NSW, to Fremantle, WA.

Habitat: Taken down to 150 m, but most commonly as beach specimens. Uncommon.

Comparison: See Asperdaphne brenchleyi.

Synonymy: Paradaphne bucklandi Laseron, 1954 (NEW SYNONYM). P. bucklandi was differentiated by difference in body shape and length of aperture, but it is a typical juvenile specimen of D. botanica

Fig. 1:  Bottle and Glass Rocks, Sydney Harbour, NSW (C.170470)

Fig. 2:  HOLOTYPE of Paradaphne bucklandi (C.103519)

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