Never heard of "Xenophora minuta", but this looks
to me like Xenophora cerea (Reeve, 1845)....
Paul, I too have never heard of X. minut. I have to agree with
your X. cerea, with one problem, the bivalves as attachments. X.
cerea are mostly stone collectors or coarl. A better understanding
of the shell configuration under the attachments and a description
of the under carriage as well would make for a better ID. The bivalves
and swirling stained carriage and seemingly thin shell could also
lend toward a X. pallidula. A better description of the complete
shell would be needed. ...Harry B.
Xenophora minuta is described on page 46 of SeaShells of China.
I do not have access to the book so I have not seen the description.
It is from China Press. ...Phil
For me it is a Xenophora Pallidula Reeve 1842. I had in the recent
past the same specimen .
A nice day - All the best
I've got a copy of "Recent Xenophoridae" by Kreipl and
Alf, published in 1999 by ConchBooks. Not seeing minuta anywhere
in it. Under genus Xenophora: conchyliophora, conchyliophora f.
robusta, senagalensis, crispa, neozelanica neozelanica, neozelanica
kermadecensis, peroniania kondoi, tenuis, flindersi flindersi, pallidula,
corrugata, granulosa, mekranensis konoi, peroniana peroniana, cerea,
japonica, solarioides solarioides
No minuta under Onustus or Stellaria. ...Ellen B.
p.46 - Xenophora minuta Qi et Ma, 1986
Shell small, 14 mm in height, 26 in width, conical, thin, whorls
about 8, foreign objects large, covering nearly all the dorsal surface,
colour white, brown on apical parts; base flat, concave, yellowish-brown
in colour, with fine radial granular striae around the umbilicus,
umbilicus narrow, deep, covered by reflexed callous of inner lip
in part, peripheral thick, angulation rounded, aperture wide ovate,
oblique, outer and inner lips simple, operculum corneous. Distribution:
East and South China Seas.
Ecology: Off shores on sandy or muddy bottom of 12.5-210 m depth.
Qui ZY, Ma XT 1986, Studies on Chninese species of Xenophoridae
Gastropoda). Trans Chinese Soc Malacol, 2: 1-8, pl.1