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Molluscs of Tasmania

Batillariidae: Batillaria australis (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834) (‘southern mud-creeper’)

Synonym(s): australis Quoy & Gaimard, 1834 alternata Hutton, 1873.

Typical shell-length 45 mm. Lives intertidally amongst seaweed and seagrass, especially in sheltered environments. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and locally common species.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Cerithiimorpha – Cerithiimorpha
Superfamily: Cerithioidea
Family: Batillariidae
Genus: Batillaria

Localities for Batillaria australis

Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: Adams Beach
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Bruny Island (unlocalised)
Carlton: Park Beach
Carlton River: beach
Croppies Beach: northern end
Croppies Point
Davey River: Carvers Point
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Earlham: foreshore
East Devonport: beach & breakwater
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Falmouth: foreshore
Falmouth: Mariposa Beach
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Georges Bay: St Helens: foreshore
Hellyer Beach
Kettering: Trial Bay
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
Kingston Beach
Lauderdale: Five Mile Beach
Lauderdale: Ralphs Bay
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Little Swanport: Saltworks Beach
Margate: Dru Point & Nierinna Creek mouth
Margate foreshore
Maria Island: Chinamans Creek
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Middleton: foreshore
Midway Point (unlocalised)
Orford: Millingtons Beach
Orford: Raspins Beach
Orford: Shelly Beach (unlocalised)
Orford (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: eastern end
Pipers Head
Pittwater Bluff: foreshore to W
Pitt Water: Shark Point
Pitt Water (unlocalised)
Port Sorell: beach
Primrose Beach to Carlton Bluff
Primrose Sands
Rheban Beach
Richmond: Coal River estuary
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Rostrevor: Vicarys Creek
Snug Beach
Somerset: foreshore
Sorell: causeway
Sorell: Oaks Point
Sorell: Orielton Lagoon
South Bruny Island: Simpsons Bay
South East coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Swansea: Meredith River: mouth
Tamar River: Bell Bay: Donovans Bay
Tamar River: Clarence Point: foreshore
Tamar River: East Arm
Tamar River: George Town: She Oak Point area
Tamar River: George Town (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tamar River: Middle Arm
Tamar River: Middle Arm: Shag Head
Tamar River: West Arm
Tamar River: York Town: creek mouth
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Weymouth: beach
Woodbridge: Fleurtys Bay & Point
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point

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