Tasmanian Dog Whelk

Nassarius nigellus (Reeve, 1854)

Shell light to medium weight, often translucent. Sculptured with coarse, nodulose axial ribs which become obsolete on dorsal surface of body whorl. Wide spiral ribs overide axials. A broad, smooth channel separates the row of ribs at the suture from remainder of whorl. Outer lip smooth or denticulate, columella callus expanded, but not reaching the body whorl suture. Columella with small denticles anteriorly, sometimes obsolete, and a strong tooth anteriorly in mature shells. Uniform cream to dark brown in colour, occasionally banded with brown

How to identify Nassarius nigellus?

What habitats does Nassarius nigellus live in?

Lives subtidally amongst seaweed and seagrass

What is the distribution of Nassarius nigellus?

Most of Australian coasts From WA to QLD including Tasmania

How big does Nassarius nigellus grow?

Can grow to around 13mm

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