Shell of Melanochlamys queritor

February 14, 2005
From: Bill Rudman

To accompany my recent posting of the shell of Melanochlamys lorrainae from New Zealand, here is a photo of the shell of the similarly coloured Melanochlamys queritor from south-eastern Australia. Although the photographed shell is partly decalcified after a long storage in alcohol, its shape is still clear, showing it to be quite similar to the shell of Melanochlamys cylindrica [see message #12805], with very reduced inner whorls, rather than the shell of M. lorrainae, with a quite large inner whorl.

Photo: Shell of M. queritor from animal collected at Port Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia, 22 November 1968 by R. Burn. Shell dimensions:  4.5 x 3 mm. Photo: G.W.Batt.

Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Feb 14) Shell of Melanochlamys queritor. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

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