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Molluscs of Tasmania

Buccinidae – Buccininae: Cominella filicea (Crosse & Fischer, 1864) (‘ferny whelk’)

Synonym(s): filicea Crosse & Fischer, 1864.

Typical shell-length 35 mm. Lives intertidally and subtidally on rocks, sand and mud. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a common species in the N but rare or absent further S.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Buccinidae
Subfamily: Buccininae
Genus: Cominella

Localities for Cominella filicea
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