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Southwest Florida Shells with Emphasis on Sanibel & Captiva

By José H. Leal

Family Terebridae

Terebra glossema

Schwengel, 1942

Tongue Auger

Shell size to 28 mm; shell slender, with small body whorl, shell width ¼ length. Sculpture of 25-30 curved axial ribs crossed by 5-6 spiral, strong incised lines. Aperture lozenge-shaped. Parietal shield smooth. Anterior canal narrow, poorly developed. Irregularly colored mauve to light-orange.