Columbellidae - Atiliinae: Mitrella (Dentimitrella) menkeana  (Reeve, 1858) ('pointed dove-shell')  

Synonym(s): menkeana Reeve, 1859 acuminata Menke, 1843 xavieriana Tenison-Woods, 1877 axiaerata Verco, 1910 purpureocincta Verco, 1910.


Figures a-b: 12 mm, Low Head, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures c-d: 12 mm, Low Head, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures e-f: 13 mm, Low Head, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures g-h: 13 mm, Flinders Island, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures i-j: 13 mm, Flinders Island, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures k-l: 11 mm, Flinders Island, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures m-n: 14 mm, Coles Bay, TAS (E), coll. S. Grove. Figures o-p: 16 mm, Flinders Island, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 20 mm. Shape is characteristic, though colouration varies greatly.  Lives subtidally amongst seaweed and seagrass, typically in sheltered to moderately exposed environments.  Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA).  In Tasmanian waters, this is a common species along the N coast and around the Bass Strait islands; rare or absent further S.

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