Shells of South
East Queensland

Tweed Heads to Noosa
Cypraeidae

Purpuradusta gracilis

(Gaskoin, 1849)
Shell: small, light, ovate to sub-pyriform, ranging from 18-21 mm. Spire concealed. Teeth: 13 to 16 columellar teeth; 14 to 16 labral teeth. Sculpture: smooth, porcelaneous. Aperture elongate, narrow, slightly wider at anterior. Exterior colour blue grey, evenly dusted with fine brown freckles; brown blotch central on the dorsum; base cream; margins cream with diffuse brown spotting; brown terminal spots at each end. Mantel line indistinct .


Specimens

Myora light,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 1989
under coral slabs in an area of mud, silt and sand bottom

Caloundra [Nth Headland],  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 1987
found in 2m of water on a rocky reef platform, 4m from shore

Myora Reef,  Australia
Size: 21.51mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected at low tide.

Cape Keraudin,  Australia
Size: 18.05mm    Collected: Unknown
Collected at low tide.

Minnie Waters, Sth Headland,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected: 1989
found 10m from shore in the early afternoon on rocky reef

Ela Beach,  Papua New Guinea
Size: mm    Collected: 1984
found on large algae covered rock at low tide 4m from shore

Gulf of Oman,  Oman
Size: mm    Collected: 1985
No data.

The Gneerings off Mooloolabah,  Australia
Size: mm    Collected:
Collected by diver. Courtesy S Grail.