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Nassarius pauperatus (Lamarck, 1822)

These snails are primarily scavengers of dead animals, but will also opportunistically prey on live invertebrates and can chemically and mechanically bore holes through the shells of other molluscs.

How to identify Nassarius pauperatus?

Small, thick shell bearing spiral groves, axial folds and usually nodules, usually cream with brown spiral band, and a darkened callus extending from columella.

What habitats does Nassarius pauperatus live in?

Sheltered shores, mudflats and tidal lagoons, usually on soft substrates

What is the distribution of Nassarius pauperatus?

South-eastern and south-western Australia From NSW to WA including Tasmania

How big does Nassarius pauperatus grow?

Can grow up to around 20mm

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