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Athleta studeri (von Martens, 1897)

Description: Shell lightweight with sharply shouldered whorls, small sharp nodules on shoulders, and a groove above on the subsutural ramp. Body whorl smooth centrally, with about 10 spiral grooves anteriorly. Columella with 6 or 7 plaits; outer lip smooth, thickened externally. Background colour cream or fawn, with wavy brown axial lines and up to three spiral bands of brown patches. Outer lip and columella white.

Size: Adults 36-58 mm in length.

Distribution: Endemic to Australia: Swain Reefs, Queensland, to Ballina, NSW.

Habitat: Known from 30-296 metres. Moderately common.

Fig. 1  Off Cape Moreton, Queensland, 229 m (C.087465)


Copyright Des Beechey 2004