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Molluscs of Tasmania

Mytilidae: Austromytilus rostratus (Dunker, 1857) (‘common beaked-mussel’)

Synonym(s): rostratus Dunker, 1857.

Typical shell-length 45 mm. Shell purplish-black and finely radially ribbed, but surface often eroded to paler purple, especially towards centre. Lives intertidally and subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed, usually in aggregations and especially on exposed shores. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species.


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Mytiloida
Superfamily: Mytiloidea
Family: Mytilidae
Genus: Austromytilus

A-L Localities for Austromytilus rostratus

Ansons Bay
Arthur River: Australia Point
Arthur River: Couta Rocks
Arthur River: Nelson Bay
Arthur River: Sarah Anne Rocks
Arthur River: Sundown Point
Arthur River (unlocalised)
Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Bangor: Two Mile Beach
Bathurst Channel: Schooner Cove
Bay of Fires: Break Yoke Beach to Pebbly Beach
Beaumaris Beach
Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Bicheno: Cod Rock
Bicheno: Courland Bay
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Bicheno: Redbill Beach
Bicheno: Rice Beach
Bicheno: Waubs Beach
Bicheno: Waubs Gulch
Binalong Bay
Binalong Bay: beach
Binalong Bay: Dora Point
Binalong Bay: gulches
Binalong Bay: Jeanneret Beach
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Blackman Bay: near mouth of Blackman Rivulet
Blackmans Bay
Boltons Beach
Bruny Island: Neck Beach
Bruny Island (unlocalised)
Calverts Beach & Goats Bluff
Cape Barren Island: SE of Tar Point
Cape Grim
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Carlton: Park Beach
Chain of Lagoons
Chain of Lagoons: Four Mile Creek: beach
Chain of Lagoons: Little Beach
Chain of Lagoons: McIntyres Beach
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Clifton Beach (unlocalised)
Clifton Beach: western end
Coles Bay: foreshore
Coles Bay: Honeymoon Bay
Coles Bay: Muirs Beach
Coles Bay: Parsons Cove
Coles Bay: Richardsons Beach
Coles Bay (unlocalised)
Connellys Bay
Cox Bight (unlocalised)
Cremorne: foreshore
Cremorne: Pipe Clay Head to Cape Deslacs
Davey River: Carvers Point
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Denison Beach: rocks at southern end
Denison Beach (unlocalised)
Dianas Beach (unlocalised)
Douglas River: beach
Dunalley (unlocalised)
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Earlham: foreshore
East Devonport: Moorland Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
E coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Eddystone Point: Picnic Corner
Eddystone Point: Purdon Bay
Eddystone Point (unlocalised)
Falmouth: foreshore
Falmouth: Mariposa Beach
Flinders Island: Arthur Bay: estuary
Flinders Island: Arthur Bay: Long Point
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Yellow Beaches
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Sawyers Bay
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Fortescue Bay
Frederick Henry Bay: Sloping Island
Freycinet Peninsula: Cooks Beach
Freycinet Peninsula: Hazards Beach
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula: Wineglass Bay
Friendly Beaches
Gannet Point
Georges Bay: Blanche Point
Georges Bay: St Helens (unlocalised)
Georges Bay (unlocalised)
Granville Harbour
Granville Harbour: coast to N
Great Musselroe Bay
Greenes Creek: beach
Greenes Point
Greens Beach: main beach
King Island: Cape Wickham: foreshore to E
King Island: Colliers Beach
King Island: Cooper Bluff
King Island: Currie Harbour
King Island: Disappointment Bay
King Island: Grassy
King Island: Grassy Harbour
King Island: Grassy Harbour: Sandblow Bay
King Island: Lavinia Beach: beach nr Lake Martha Lavinia
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Pass River Bay
King Island: Red Hut Point
King Island: Seal Point
King Island (unlocalised)
King Island: Yellow Rock Beach
Kingston Beach
Lagoon River: mouth
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Lime Bay
Lime Bay: Green Head
Little Musselroe Bay: northern end
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Little Swanport: Saltworks Beach
Lobster Point
Louisa Bay

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M-Z Localities for Austromytilus rostratus

Maatsuyker Island
Macquarie Harbour: Kelly Basin
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Marion Bay (unlocalised)
Marrawah: Green Point
Marrawah: Green Point Beach
Marrawah: Mawson Bay: northern end
Marrawah (unlocalised)
Marrawah: West Point
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Mayfield Point to Little Christmas Island
Middleton: foreshore
Mulcahy Bay
Murdunna: Sommers Beach
Musselroe: Cape Naturaliste
Musselroe Point
Narawntapu: Bakers Beach
New Harbour
Nine Mile Beach & Dolphin Sands
North Bruny Island: Bull Bay
North Bruny Island: Mars Bluff
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Nubeena: White Beach
Orford: Millingtons Beach
Orford: Shelly Beach (unlocalised)
Orford: Spring Beach
Orford (unlocalised)
Orford: West Shelly Beach
Osmiridium Beach
Penguin: beach
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Pirates Bay: The Blowhole
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Port Cygnet: Cray Point
Port Davey: Whalers Cove
Port Sorell: beach
Primrose Beach to Carlton Bluff
Randalls Bay
Ransons Beach
Recherche Bay
Rheban Beach
Robbins Island: Ransonnet Bay
Scamander: Steels Beach
Scamander (unlocalised)
Seymour Beach: northern end
Sloping Lagoon: Lagoon Beach
Smiths Gulch
Somerset: foreshore
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Cemetery Bluff
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: southern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay (unlocalised)
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Bay Lagoon
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: western beach
South Cape Bay: Lion Rock: beach to SE
South Cape Bay (unlocalised)
South Cape Rivulet: mouth
Southport: Big Lagoon Beach
Southport Bluff: beach
Southport: Roaring Beach
Stanley: Circular Head
St Helens Point
Strahan: Cape Sorell
Strahan: Macquarie Heads
Strahan: Ocean Beach
Stumpys Bay (unlocalised)
Swansea: Coswell Beach
Swansea: Cressy Beach
Swansea: Jubilee Beach
Swansea: Kennedia Beach
Swansea: Meredith River: mouth
Swansea: Spiky Beach
Swansea (unlocalised)
Tamar River: George Town (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Gravelly Beach
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tamar River: Rosevears: foreshore
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Taroona: Hinsby Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: beach
The Gardens: Coffeys Gulch
The Gardens: Cosy Corner
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
The Gardens: Taylors Beach
Three Hummock Island: Burgess Point
Three Hummock Island: Coulomb Bay
Three Hummock Island: West Telegraph Beach
Tinderbox Beach
Tinderbox: Fishermans Haul
Triabunna: Plain Place Beach
Trial Harbour
Trial Harbour area
Waterhouse Point
Woolnorth: Davisons Bay
Woolnorth: Valley Bay
Woolnorth: Woolnorth Point

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