Homalocantha anatomica (Perry, 1811)

Common Name: 
Skeleton Murex
Distribution: 

Rare in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Found throughout the Indo-Pacific but considered uncommon. In Australia recorded from the Kimberley region of Western Australia and from central Queensland south to northern New South Wales.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents rocky and coral reef, depth to at least 10 m.

Additional Notes: 

Often difficult to recognise due to relatively small size, growth shape and the fact the dorsal surface will be covered in algal and other growth. Underside white with reddish-brown operculum. Feeds on tube worms and boring bi-valves. Grows to 55 mm.

References: 

Neville Coleman, 2002 Sea Shells, Catalogue of Indo-Pacific Mollusca. Neville Coleman's Underwater Geographic Pty Ltd, 2003. p.82.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Homalocantha+anatomica. Accessed 07/11/2018.