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Macteola anomala
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Image of a shell of Macteola anomala
Scientific classification
  • Mangelia anomala (Angas, 1877)
  • Murex anomala (Angas, 1877)
  • Purpura (Cronia) anomala Angas, 1877 (original combination)

Macteola anomala is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mangeliidae.


The length of the shell varies between 8 mm and 12 mm.

The shell is rather solid. It is light brown, with a darker, black-spotted median band, and undulating longitudinal stripes, which are more prominent near the base of the body whorl.

In fresh specimens a delicate grain sculpture is visible under the lens. The colour varies. There may be only a peripheral row of separate intercostal brown spots, or beneath these there may run a continuous orange zone, anterior to which the shell may be faintly suffused with pink.


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

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