Turbinidae: Lunella undulata  (Lightfoot, 1786) ('wavy turban')  

Synonym(s): undulata Lightfoot, 1786 anguis Gmelin, 1791 simsoni Tenison-Woods, 1877.


Figures a-b: 50 mm, Cray Point, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove. Figure c: 28 mm, Falmouth, TAS (E), coll. S. Grove. Figure d: 27 mm, South Cape Beach, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove. Figure f: 7 mm, Low Head, TAS (N) . Figures f-h: 3 mm, Bicheno, TAS (E), coll. S. Grove. Figures i-j: 23 mm, Lime Bay, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 60 mm. The chalky-white, near-circular opercula are often beached alongside shells of this species. Juvenile shells are often uniformly green and have more flattened whorls, not unlike star-shells. Dark periostracum of adult shell can be persistent.  Lives intertidally and subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed, especially in exposed environments.  Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA).  In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species.

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