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Molluscs of Tasmania

Fissurellidae – Fissurellinae: Amblychilepas crucis (Beddome, 1882) (‘crossed keyhole-limpet’)

Synonym(s): crucis Beddome, 1882.

Typical shell-length 15 mm. As with all keyhole-limpets, the shell sits atop a much larger animal. Lives subtidally. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a rarely recorded species. May be merely a non-viable seagrass-living form of Amblychilepas nigrita.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Vetigastropoda
Order: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Fissurelloidea
Family: Fissurellidae
Subfamily: Fissurellinae
Genus: Amblychilepas

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