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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Terebridae

Neoterebra protexta

(Conrad, 1846)

Fine-ribbed Auger

Shell size to 25 mm. Shell similar to the Eastern Auger, Terebra dislocata, except for smaller size and slightly flatter whorls. Sculpture of about 22 fine ribs crossed by incised spiral lines. Color grayish to grayish-brown, aperture dark-brown to deep-purple. Common on mud and sand flats.