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Molluscs of Tasmania

Calliostomatidae – Calliostomatinae: Astele (Astele) rubiginosa (Valenciennes, 1846) (‘ruddy top-shell’)

Synonym(s): rubiginosa Valenciennes, 1846 australis Broderip, 1835 nobilis Philippi, 1849 broderipi Philippi, 1855 splendidus Reeve, 1863.

Typical shell-length 25 mm. Lives subtidally and offshore on sponges. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (TAS, VIC, SA and WA).


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Vetigastropoda
Order: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Calliostomatidae
Subfamily: Calliostomatinae
Genus: Astele

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