Australian Shells
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Phasianella ventricosa

A smooth, highly polished shell with pretty zig-zag patterns in pink, red, green and white. Smaller and wider than the more common Phasianella australis. Size: up to 40mm On seagrass in sheltered bays. Northern New South Wales to central Western Australia.


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Turbo undulatus

Turbo undulata Squat, sturdy shell with patterns of white and dark green often resembling a checkerboard patter. When fresh, the shell possesses a thick, velvety dark brown periostracum. Size: up to 50mm. Very common on intertidal rock flats. Southern Queensland to southern Western Australia, including Tasmania.


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Turbo imperialis

A fairly large shell, smooth, but sometimes with a row of spines on the shoulder. Outside with pretty patterns, usually with overtones of green. Size: 90mm. Intertidally under large boulders or between cunjevoi. Widely spread in the Indo-Pacific region.


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Ninella torquata

A very large and heavy shell. Dull grey with oblique axial lamellae. Size: to 100mm. Intertidally and subtidally on rocky shores. Northern New South Wales to southern Western Australia. The Western Australian specimens have been called Ninella whitleyi.


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Astraea tentoriiformis

A conical shell with a flat base, usually eroded or covered in marine growths. Colour pink if not eroded. Size: up to 50mm. Intertidally down to about 5m on large stones. Central Queensland to southern Western Australia. Not recorded from Tasmania.


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Phasianotrochus eximius

A tall olive-brown shell with brilliant blue iridescent interior. Size: up to 40mm, but mostly much smaller. On seaweed below the low-tide mark. Southern Queensland to southern Western Australia, including Tasmania.


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Gena impertusa

A very small ear-shaped shell, sometimes mistaken for a Haliotis, but it lacks the row of holes on the shoulder. Smooth surface, and vividly coloured. Size: 20mm Found under stones intertidally. The animal is very active. When disturbed it sheds part of its foot. This bundle of frills is an animal of Gena impertusa, with [...]


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Granata imbricata

This shell is often mistaken for a small abalone, but lacks the row of holes on the shoulder. Size: up to 50 mm, but mostly smaller. Common intertidally on rocky shores. The animal is white and possesses numerous tentacles around the edges of the mantle. New South Wales to southern Western Australia.


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Bankivia fasciata

A colourful and very smooth shell from sandy beaches. Size: up to 25 mm. This shell can be found on sandy beaches on both exposed and sheltered shores. The animals live in large aggregations in fine sand down to 15 m. Northern New South Wales to South Australia, including Tasmania.