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Molluscs of Tasmania

Trochidae – Monodontinae: Austrocochlea brevis Parsons & Ward, 1994 (‘short top-shell’)

Synonym(s): brevis Parsons & Ward, 1994 constrictus Quoy & Gaimard, 1834 (in part) taeniata Tenison-Woods, 1877 (in part) obtusa May, 1923 (in part).

Typical shell-length 25 mm. Dark stripes on the body-whorl are sometimes intermittent, tend to be broader than the paler interstices, and are often near-vertical. However, some forms are difficult to distinguish from A. porcata, especially those from the N. Lives intertidally on mud and among rocks, especially on sheltered shores. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (TAS only). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread speciesin the E and N; most common in the SE, where the shells tend to be smaller.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Vetigastropoda
Order: Vetigastropoda
Superfamily: Trochoidea
Family: Trochidae
Subfamily: Monodontinae
Genus: Austrocochlea

A-L Localities for Austrocochlea brevis

Bathurst Channel: Balmoral Beach
Bathurst Channel: Schooner Cove
Bathurst Channel: Wombat Cove
Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Bicheno: Rice Beach
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Blackman Bay: Porpoise Hole
Blackman Bay (unlocalised)
Black River Beach: northern end
Bridport: beach
Bridport: Lades Beach
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Cape Barren Island: Kent Bay
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Carlton: Park Beach
Chain of Lagoons: Four Mile Creek: beach
Charlotte Cove
Clarke Island: Kangaroo Bay to Seal Point
Clayton: foreshore
Cockle Creek Bay
Coles Bay: foreshore
Coles Bay: Honeymoon Bay
Coles Bay: Richardsons Beach
Connellys Bay
Dianas Beach (unlocalised)
Dodges Ferry: Okines Beach
Dover: beach
Dunalley Bay
Dunalley: beach
Eaglehawk Neck: western side
Earlham Lagoon
East Ulverstone
East Wynyard: beach
E coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Falmouth: foreshore
Flinders Island: Arthur Bay: Long Point
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Watering Beach
Flinders Island: Logan Lagoon
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Parrys Bay: Double Corner
Flinders Island: Patriarch Inlet
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay: Pine Scrub
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Garden Island Sands
Georges Bay: Akaroa: foreshore
Georges Bay: Blanche Point
Georges Bay: Humbug Point
Georges Bay: St Helens: foreshore
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Herlihys Bay: coast to E
Hobart (unlocalised)
Howden: foreshore
Kettering: Oyster Cove
Kettering: Trial Bay
Kingston Beach
Koonya: Newmans Beach
Lauderdale: Bambra Reef
Lauderdale: Ralphs Bay
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Leith: foreshore
Lewisham (unlocalised)
Lime Bay
Little Coningham Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: Lyme Regis Lagoon
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Little Peggs Beach
Little Swanport: mouth
Little Swanport: Saltworks Beach
Low Head: East Beach
Lymington: Copper Alley Bay

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M-Z Localities for Austrocochlea brevis

Margate: Dru Point & Nierinna Creek mouth
Maria Island: Chinamans Creek
Maria Island: Shoal Bay: McRaes Isthmus
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Middleton: foreshore
Mortimer Bay: Gorringes Beach
Murdunna: Duck Creek Beach
Murdunna: Sommers Beach
Musselroe Point
Narawntapu: Bakers Point & Springlawn Beach
North Bruny Island: Barnes Bay
North Bruny Island: Ford Bay
North Bruny Island: Great Bay: Smoothys Point
Opossum Bay: The Spit & Shelly Beach
Orford: East Shelly Beach
Orford: Millingtons Beach
Orford: Raspins Beach
Peggs Beach: eastern end
Peggs Beach: western end
Penguin: Johnsons Beach
Pittwater Bluff: foreshore to W
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Port Arthur: Big Possum Beach
Port Arthur: Little Possum Beach
Port Arthur: Point Puer & beach
Port Cygnet: Cray Point
Port Cygnet: Sandrock Bay
Port Davey: Bond Bay
Port Davey: Spain Bay
Premaydena: Impression Bay
Randalls Bay
Rheban Beach
Rocky Cape: foreshore N of Picnic Beach
Sloping Main Beach
Sloping Main: Black Jack Point
Smithton: Duck River mouth
Snug Beach
Somerset: foreshore
Sorell: causeway
Sorell: Oaks Point
South Arm Neck: northern side
South Bruny Island: Alonnah: Sunset Bay
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Bay Lagoon
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
South Bruny Island: Little Taylors Bay
South Bruny Island: Lunawanna: Daniels Bay
South Bruny Island: Old Jetty Beach
South Bruny Island: Simpsons Bay
South Bruny Island: Simpsons Bay: southern end
South Croppies Point
Southport: Big Lagoon Beach
Southport Lagoon: northern end
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Green Hills: West Inlet entrance
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Swansea: Coswell Beach
Swansea: Jubilee Beach
Swanwick: foreshore
Tamar River: Bell Bay: Donovans Bay
Tamar River: Bell Bay: power-station jetty
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tamar River: West Arm
Taroona Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Trial Harbour
West Ulverstone: Picnic Point: beach to W
Weymouth: beach
Woodbridge: Birchs Bay & Yellow Point
Woodbridge: Fleurtys Bay & Point
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point

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