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Fossarina legrandi
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Drawing with two views of a shell of Fossarina legrandi
Scientific classification
  • Fossarina (Minopa) legrandi Petterd, 1879
  • Gibbula legrandi Tate, R. & May, W.L. 1901
  • Minopa legrandi (Petterd, 1879)
  • Calliotrochus legrandi May, W.L. 1921

Fossarina legrandi, common name Legrand's top shell, is a species of very small sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc or micromollusk in the family Trochidae, the top snails.


The shell grows to a length of 5 mm. The small, thin shell has a depressed globose shape. It is highly polished, translucent and rich brown. The minute spire contains 2½ whorls and is very little elevated. The suture is much impressed. The aperture is inflately lunate. It is tinged white and faintly dilate at the inner portion.


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

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  • Macpherson, J.H. & Gabriel, C.J. 1962. Marine Molluscs of Victoria. Melbourne : Melbourne University Press & National Museum of Victoria 475 pp
  • Wilson, B. 1993. Australian Marine Shells. Prosobranch Gastropods. Kallaroo, Western Australia : Odyssey Publishing Vol. 1 408 pp.
  • Grove, S. 2011. The Seashells of Tasmania: A Comprehensive Guide. Taroona, Australia: Taroona Publications. [vi], 81
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