Costellariidae: Turriplicifer australe  (Swainson, 1820) ('southern mitre')  

Synonym(s): australe Swainson, 1820 melaleuca Quoy & Gaimard, 1833 kieneri Sowerby, 1874 vincentiana Verco, 1896.

Figures a-b: 32 mm, Rocky Cape, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures c-d: 22 mm, Flinders Island, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figures e-f: 27 mm, Flinders Island, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 60 mm. Freshly dead shells are nearly all-dark; the pale banding intensifies with increasing wear. Shell lacks obvious axial ribs, despite its family placement.  Lives subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed.  Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (TAS, VIC, SA and WA).  In Tasmanian waters, this species is common as a beached shell in the N, but seldom encountered further S.


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