Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa

Euthymella elegans

(Hinds, 1843)
Description: Shell moderately large, sinistral, thick and heavy. Protoconch plankotrophic, of 3_-4_ whorls, covered with fine, crisp, axial riblets and intermittent spiral threads. Teleoconch whorls with 4 spiral cords and low, rounded axial costae; spirals 1 and 3 commence immediately after protoconch, spiral 2 commences on 4th or 5th teleoconch whorl. Spirals 1 and 2 undulating unbeaded cords, spiral 3 a strongly beaded cord. Spiral 4 exposed on all whorls. Another spiral on base, (numbered 5), nodular (not apparent in juvenile specimen in Fig. 2). Axial costae low, rounded, 15-16 on penultimate whorl. Outer lip of aperture flared (not apparent in immature specimen in Figs. 1 and 2), anterior siphonal canal rather long and upturned, posterior canal a notch. Colour white, irregularly maculated with reddish brown, nodules white. Size: Adult shells 7.0 - 9.0 mm in length. Distribution: Tropical Indo-West Pacific. In eastern Australia, as far south as Solitary Islands, off Coffs Harbour.


Shelly Beach,  Australia
Size: 5mm    Collected: 2018
In sand and shell grit on beach. Dead collected.