Atlanta plana Richter, 1972
This species is very similar in size and shape to Atlanta gaudichaudi, but can be distinguished by numerous spiral ridges on the spire.
Spire is small and consists of 3½ whorls.
The spire is ornamented with two spiral ridges on the second and third whorls, although these can be difficult to see under a light microscope. A thin ridge also runs along the outer edge of the third to fourth whorls.
The sutures of the spire are deep so that the whorls can be easily distinguished and have a red-purple colour.
The keel is of moderate height and has a red-brown keel base.
Eye type a, operculum type b, radula type I.
This species has not been found in the Atlantic Ocean.
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