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Molluscs of Tasmania

Littorinidae – Lacuninae: Bembicium auratum (Quoy & Gaimard, 1834) (‘estuarine conniwink’)

Synonym(s): auratum Quoy & Gaimard, 1834 imbricata Gray, 1839 cicatricosus Philippi, 1843 kielmanseggi Zelebor in Dunker & Zelebor, 1866 nodulosum Musgrave, 1929.

Typical shell-length 20 mm. Lacks prominent bands of colour. Interior of aperture pale. Lives intertidally on various substrates, even mud, especially on sheltered shores. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Littorinoidea
Family: Littorinidae
Subfamily: Lacuninae
Genus: Bembicium

A-L Localities for Bembicium auratum

Bathurst Channel: Balmoral Beach
Bathurst Channel: Schooner Cove
Bathurst Channel: Wombat Cove
Blackman Bay: Long Spit: bay to E
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Bridport (unlocalised)
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Cape Barren Island: Battery Bay
Cape Barren Island: Kenneth Point
Cape Barren Island: Kenneth Point: foreshore to E
Cape Barren Island: Munro Bay
Cape Barren Island: Nautilus Cove
Cape Barren Island: Neds Point
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Lanoma Point
Cape Portland: Lemons Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Carlton: Park Beach
Carlton River: beach
Clarke Island: Maclaines Bay
Clarke Island (unlocalised)
Clayton: foreshore
Cockle Creek Bay
Coles Bay: foreshore
Coles Bay: Parsons Cove
Coningham Beach
Connellys Bay
Cooee Beach
Cremorne: foreshore
Cremorne: Pipe Clay Lagoon
Croppies Beach: northern end
Davey River: Carvers Point
Deephole Bay
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Denison Beach (unlocalised)
Devonport: Bluff Beach
Devonport: Coles Beach
Devonport: Don Heads
Devonport: Paradise Cove (unlocalised)
Dodges Ferry: Okines Beach
Dover: beach
Dover (unlocalised)
Dunalley Bay
Eaglehawk Neck: western side
East Devonport: beach & breakwater
East Devonport: Moorland Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Kangaroo Island: North Point
East Kangaroo Island (unlocalised)
East Ulverstone
East Ulverstone: Buttons Beach
East Wynyard: beach
Eggs-and-Bacon Bay
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Falmouth: foreshore
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Bay
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie Bay (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Fisher Island
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Watering Beach
Flinders Island: Logan Lagoon
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Patriarch Inlet
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Sawyers Bay
Flinders Island: Spences Reef
Flinders Island: Trousers Point
Flinders Island: Whitemark Beach
Forth River: mouth
Franklin Sound area
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula: Wineglass Bay
Friendly Beaches
Garden Island Sands
Georges Bay: Akaroa: foreshore
Georges Bay: Burns Bay
Georges Bay: Moulting Bay: Bayview
Georges Bay: St Helens: foreshore
Glenorchy: Cornelian Bay
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Great Musselroe Bay
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hellyer Beach
Herlihys Bay: coast to E
Howden: foreshore
Kettering foreshore
Kettering: Oyster Cove
Kettering: Trial Bay
Kingston Beach
Koonya: Newmans Beach
Koonya: Parkers Beach
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Lime Bay
Little Chalky Island
Little Musselroe Bay: Lyme Regis Lagoon
Little Peggs Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Lymington: Copper Alley Bay
Lymington: Drip Beach

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M-Z Localities for Bembicium auratum

Macquarie Harbour: Kelly Basin
Margate: Dru Point & Nierinna Creek mouth
Maria Island: Gulls Nest Point
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Middleton: foreshore
Montagu: beach
Mortimer Bay: Gorringes Beach
Murdunna: Duck Creek Beach
Murdunna: foreshore
Murdunna: Sommers Beach
Narawntapu: Griffiths Point
Nine Mile Beach & Dolphin Sands
North Bruny Island: Apollo Bay
North Bruny Island: Barnes Bay
North Bruny Island: Ford Bay
North Bruny Island: Great Bay: Smoothys Point
North Bruny Island: Quarantine Bay
North Bruny Island: Roberts Point
North Bruny Island (unlocalised)
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Northdown Beach
Nubeena: White Beach
Opossum Bay: The Spit & Shelly Beach
Orford: Millingtons Beach
Orford: Prosser River: mouth
Orford: Raspins Beach
Orford (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: eastern end
Peggs Beach (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: western end
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Penguin: Watcombe Beach
Petcheys Bay
Pipers Head
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Port Arthur: Big Possum Beach
Port Arthur: Little Possum Beach
Port Arthur (unlocalised)
Port Cygnet: Sandrock Bay
Port Davey: Bond Bay
Port Davey: Hannant Inlet
Port Esperance: Hawkers Green
Port Esperance: Stringers Cove
Port Sorell: beach
Ralphs Bay (unlocalised)
Randalls Bay
Rheban Beach
Risdon foreshore
Robbins Island: Marys Island area
Rocky Cape: foreshore N of Picnic Beach
Rocky Cape: Forwards Beach
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Rocky Cape (unlocalised)
Rostrevor: Vicarys Creek
Saltwater River (unlocalised)
Sandy Bay: Nutgrove Beach
Scamander (unlocalised)
Seymour Beach: northern end
Shearwater: Freers Beach
Sloping Lagoon: Lagoon Beach
Sloping Main Beach
Smithton: Duck River mouth
Smithton: Perkins Island
Snug Beach
Somerset: foreshore
Sorell: causeway
Sorell: Oaks Point
Sorell: Orielton Lagoon
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Bay Lagoon
South Bruny Island: Little Taylors Bay
South Bruny Island: Lunawanna: Daniels Bay
South Bruny Island: Mickeys Bay
South Bruny Island: Old Jetty Beach: beaches to N
South Bruny Island: Simpsons Bay
South Croppies Point
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: East Inlet
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Green Hills: West Inlet entrance
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Stanley: West Inlet
Swansea: Lisdillon Beach
Swansea (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Cummings Creek: mouth
Tamar River: Gravelly Beach
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tamar River: West Arm
Tamar River: York Town: creek mouth
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Cosy Corner
Tinderbox Beach
Tomahawk Beach
Turners Beach
Wattle Grove: foreshore
West Ulverstone: foreshore
Weymouth: beach
Woodbridge: Birchs Bay & Yellow Point
Woodbridge: Fleurtys Bay & Point
Woodbridge: Flowerpot
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point
Wynyard: Inglis River mouth

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