Strophia lentiginosa Maynard, 1889

Original Description

"Sp.Ch.  Size, large. Shell not very heavy.  Striations, present. Teeth, two and short.  Whirls, 11.  Examined 150 specimens.

            Form of shell, rather cylindrical, with the first two whirls equal in diameter, and the third is but little smaller; from this, the shell slopes to an obtuse point, forming an angle of 65 degrees.  The striations are numerous, 25 on the upper whirl, prominent, regular, but not arranged in lines, and the interspaces are not as wide as the prominences. The striations are rounded but not furrowed.

Aperture, large and open, measuring a trifle more just within than at the entrance.  Lower tooth, not very prominent, .03 high by .12long, and its position is just a little to the right of the center; the upper is placed well above it but is a mere protuberance, yet this slight elevation makes a complete turn around the column.

Margin, not produced beyond the diameter of the shell, is not inclined to the right, is very thin, measuring .03, but the edge is not rolled backward.  The frontal bar is not well developed and is smooth within.

            Color of shell, externally, white, conspicuously spotted and flecked with very irregularly formed markings of purplish; internally, purplish brown which gradually fades into flesh color on the teeth and margin.

Dimensions.

Size of types, 1.23 by .54.  Largest specimen, 1.40 by .56; smallest, 1.10 by .48.  Greatest diameter, .56; smallest, .48.  Longest specimen, 1.40, shortest 1.10.

Observations.

There is considerable variation in respect to color and extent of markings, some are darker than the type and some are paler; in the type, the colored portions are about equal to the white, but in some cases, the purplish predominates, and in some, especially in paler colored specimens, the spottings are comparatively few and consequently the white is in excess. The aperture is also inclined considerably to the right in some shells.

            As a rule, however, the species is quite uniform in form and markings.

            Known from all others, by the large size, prominent striations, open and thin margined aperture, and conspicuous markings.

Distribution and Habitat.

The Flecked Strophias occur in the interior of Rum Key, where they are not very common, living in isolated groups in rather exposed situations, but among foliage and plants.  The specimens collected were obtained on the west side of the island but I am, at present, unable to give the exact range of this and the preceding species [Strophia alba Maynard, 1889], yet should judge that the habitat of both is comparatively extended." (Maynard, 1889b:75-76)

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