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Molluscs of Tasmania

Fissurellidae – Fissurellinae: Amblychilepas nigrita (G. B. Sowerby I, 1835) (‘black keyhole-limpet’)

Synonym(s): nigrita Sowerby, 1834 pritchardi Hedley, 1895.

Typical shell-length 25 mm. As with all keyhole-limpets, the shell sits atop a much larger animal. Lives subtidally under rocks and stones, especially in moderately exposed environments. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species, but seldom beached in numbers.

Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Vetigastropoda
Order: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Fissurelloidea
Family: Fissurellidae
Subfamily: Fissurellinae
Genus: Amblychilepas
Localities for Amblychilepas nigrita
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Bicheno: Redbill Beach
Boat Harbour: beach
Boat Harbour: Western Bay
Bridport: beach
Bruny Island: E coast (unlocalised)
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Carlton: Park Beach
Davey River: Carvers Point
Devonport: Coles Beach
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
East Ulverstone
East Ulverstone: Buttons Beach
Falmouth: Mariposa Beach
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Franklin Sound area
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Granville Harbour
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach
King Island: Grassy
King Island: Little Porky Beach
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island (unlocalised)
Kingston Beach
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
North Bruny Island: Dennes Point
North Bruny Island: Fancy Bay
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Penguin: Tea Tree Point
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Port Arthur: Denmans Cove
Port Arthur: Safety Cove
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Shearwater: Freers Beach
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Cemetery Bluff
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
Southport: Roaring Beach
Stanley: Circular Head
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Highfield Point
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Coffeys Gulch
The Gardens: Mateys Gulch to Gardens Lagoon
Trial Harbour area
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