Banded Kelp Shell

Bankivia fasciata Menke, 1830

Bankivia fasciata, common name the banded kelp shell, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.

This is a variable species in size and coloration. It is polished and shining, white, creamy or pink, with spiral bands of pink, purplish-red or purplish-brown, or narrow oblique zigzag stripes of pinkish-brown, usually with a narrow subsutural fascia of dark or pinkish.

This shell is a common find amoungst seaweed washed up on the beach often hard to find smaller specimens are very common

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What habitats does Bankivia fasciata live in?

Lives buried in fine sand, just outside the breaker zone on surf beaches.

What is the distribution of Bankivia fasciata?

Southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC and SA)

How big does Bankivia fasciata grow?

The length of the shell varies between 15 mm and 25 mm.

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