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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Mangeliidae

Pyrgocythara hemphilli

Bartsch & Rehder, 1939

Shell size to 10 mm; shell ovate-fusiform, spire about half shell length. Sculpture of about 8-12 rounded axial ribs. Ribs concave above periphery but straighter below it. Aperture elongate, with strong indentation on inner part of outer lip. Anterior canal short. Color brown to grayish-brown with light gray periostracum showing mostly between ribs. The shell illustrated was collected by William C. Brumbach in 1996, on Sanibel.