Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to Australia, recorded from Cairns, Qld, to Shark Bay, WA, including Tasmania.
Intertidal, found under rocks, especially in seagrass, mussel or oyster beds, particularly in estuaries.
Shell with sharply angled body whorl, with about 15 spiral ribs below shoulder, 3 to 5 above. Spaces between the ribs, and sometimes the ribs themselves, scaly. Colour brown, often with a white line at the shoulder. Aperture white to purple, operculum corneous. A common species that bores holes in oysters and mussels. Grows to 32 mm, commonly 20 mm in length.
The Seashells of New South Wales, Des Beechey, Senior Fellow, Australian Museum, Release 25. Website at http://seashellsofnsw.org.au/Ergalataxinae/Pages/bedeva_paivae.htm. Accessed 23/11/2020