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Asperdaphne desalesii
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Shell of Asperdaphne desalesii
Scientific classification
  • Asperdaphne sculptilior Tenison-Woods, 1879
  • Asperdaphne sexdentata Pritchard & Gatliff, 1899
  • Clathurella desalesi Tate and May, 1901
  • Clathurella sculptior Tenison-Woods, 1878
  • Clathurella sexdentata Pritchard and Gatliff, 1900
  • Daphnella desalesii Tenison-Woods, 1877
  • Mangelia desalesii Tenison-Woods, 1876
  • Scabrella desalesii May, 1921

Asperdaphne desalesii is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Raphitomidae.


The length of the shell varies between 5 mm and 8 mm.

(Original description) The small, solid, turreted shell is elongately fusiform. It is whitish, pale yellow. It is irregularly zoned, with white and fulvous. It contains 7 whorls, including the protoconch. These are convex, elegantly thickly obliquely ribbed, and thickly spirally lirate. The body whorl contains 14 rounded, subelevate[check spelling] ribs. The lirae are small, distant, subelevate[check spelling], regular, passing over the ribs The apex of two whorls is smooth and elongate. The suture is deep. The ovate aperture measures ⅓ the length of shell. The outer lip is thickened and conspicuously dentate within. The sinus is broad, conspicuous, posterior. The siphonal canal is somewhat long. The columella is inconspicuous, a more intense fulvous behind, and thickly obliquely lirate.


This marine species is endemic to Australia and occurs off South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

  • Hedley, C. 1901. Some new or unfigured Australian shells. Records of the Australian Museum 4: 22–27
  • Verco, J.C. 1909. Notes on South Australian marine Mollusca with descriptions of new species. Part XII. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 33: 293–342
  • May, W.L. 1921. A Checklist of the Mollusca of Tasmania
  • May, W.L. 1923. An illustrated index of Tasmanian shells: with 47 plates and 1052 species
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1966. The molluscan families Speightiidae and Turridae, an evaluation of the valid taxa, both Recent and fossil, with list of characteristic species. Bulletin of the Auckland Institute and Museum. Auckland, New Zealand 5: 1–184, pls 1–23 . Hobart : Government Printer 100 pp.. Hobart, Tasmania : Government Printer 114 pp.
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