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Molluscs of Tasmania

Pteriidae: Electroma papilionacea (Lamarck, 1819) (‘common butterfly-shell’)

Synonym(s): papilionacea Lamarck, 1819 virens Lamarck, 1819 georgiana Quoy & Gaimard, 1834 pulchella Reeve, 1857 punctulata Reeve, 1857 scalpta Reeve, 1857.

Typical shell-length 40 mm. Shell thin and fragile; colour varies from transparent through green and reddish-brown to black. Lives intertidally and subtidally amongst seaweed and seagrass in sheltered environments. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and common species. Sometimes beached in large numbers following storms.


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Pterioida
Superfamily: Pterioidea
Family: Pteriidae
Genus: Electroma

A-L Localities for Electroma papilionacea

Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Bangor: Two Mile Beach
Bicheno: Redbill Beach
Binalong Bay: beach
Binalong Bay: Dora Point
Binalong Bay: Jeanneret Beach
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Blackmans Bay
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Boat Harbour: beach
Bridport: beach
Bridport (unlocalised)
Burnie: Sulphur Creek
Burnie (unlocalised)
Carlton: Park Beach
Carlton River: Stony Point
Catamaran (unlocalised)
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Clarke Island: Dip Point to Black Rocks
Coles Bay: Honeymoon Bay
Coles Bay: Parsons Cove
Coles Bay: Richardsons Beach
Coles Bay (unlocalised)
Coningham: foreshore
Connellys Bay
Cox Bight (unlocalised)
D’Entrecasteaux Channel (unlocalised)
Derwent Estuary: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 23
Devonport: Paradise Cove (unlocalised)
Dodges Ferry: Red Ochre Beach
Dover: beach
Dunalley (unlocalised)
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Eaglehawk Neck: western side
East Devonport: beach & breakwater
East Devonport: Berth 1
East Devonport: Moorland Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Wynyard: beach
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Flinders Island: Badger Corner
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Bay
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Fisher Island
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Trousers Point
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: White Beach to Dick Davey Shoal
Franklin Sound area
Frederick Henry Bay (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula: Cooks Beach
Freycinet Peninsula: Hazards Beach
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula: Wineglass Bay
Georges Bay: Moulting Bay (unlocalised)
Georges Bay: St Helens: foreshore
Greens Beach: main beach
Greens Beach: Nudists Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hellyer Beach
Hobart: Battery Point
Howden: foreshore
Howden: Stinkpot Bay
Ida Bay (unlocalised)
Kettering foreshore
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island (unlocalised)
Kingston Beach
Koonya: Newmans Beach
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Lewisham (unlocalised)
Lime Bay
Lime Bay: Black Rock: beach
Lime Bay: Green Head
Little Coningham Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Little Peggs Beach

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M-Z Localities for Electroma papilionacea

Macquarie Harbour: Kelly Basin
Margate: Dru Point & Nierinna Creek mouth
Margate foreshore
Maria Island: Bloodstone Point
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Encampment Cove
Maria Island: Oyster Bay
Maria Island: Shoal Bay: McRaes Isthmus
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Maria Island (unlocalised)
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Marrawah: Green Point
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Mercury Passage: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 05
Mercury Passage: Darlington Bay
Middleton: foreshore
Midway Point (unlocalised)
Monk Bay
Murdunna: Duck Creek Beach
Narawntapu: Badger Beach
Narawntapu: Griffiths Point
Narawntapu: Little Badger Head
Narawntapu: West Head
Nine Mile Beach & Dolphin Sands
Norfolk Bay: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 11
Norfolk Bay: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 12
Norfolk Bay: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 13
Norfolk Bay: Lime Bay: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 19
North Bruny Island: Apollo Bay
North Bruny Island: Bull Bay
North Bruny Island: Dennes Point
North Bruny Island: Great Bay: Smoothys Point
North Bruny Island: Roberts Point
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Northdown Beach
Orford: Raspins Beach
Peggs Beach: eastern end
Peggs Beach (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: western end
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Pittwater Bluff: foreshore to W
Port Davey: Bond Bay
Port Davey: Hannant Inlet
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Port Sorell (unlocalised)
Premaydena: Impression Bay
Primrose Point
Primrose Sands
Ralphs Bay (unlocalised)
Randalls Bay
Robbins Island: Ransonnet Bay
Rocky Cape: foreshore N of Picnic Beach
Rocky Cape: Forwards Beach
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Rocky Cape (unlocalised)
Saltwater River: Coal Mines beach
Schouten Island: Moreys Bay
Sloping Lagoon: Lagoon Beach
Sloping Main: Black Jack Point
Smithton: Duck Bay
Smithton: Duck Bay: Picnic Point
Snug Beach
Sorell: causeway
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay (unlocalised)
South Bruny Island: Neck Beach: Blighs Rocks
South Bruny Island: Simpsons Bay
South Bruny Island: Tasman Head
South Croppies Point
Southport: Roaring Beach
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: East Inlet
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Green Hills: West Inlet entrance
Stanley: Perkins Bay & West Inlet
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Stanley: West Inlet
Swansea: Coswell Beach
Swansea: Cressy Beach
Swansea: Jubilee Beach
Swansea: Kennedia Beach
Swansea (unlocalised)
Swanwick: foreshore
Tamar River: Bell Bay: power-station jetty
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
Three Hummock Island: East Telegraph Beach
Three Hummock Island: Sandy Spit
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay: northern end
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay: southern end
Three Hummock Island (unlocalised)
Tinderbox Beach
Turners Beach
Verona Sands
Walker Island
Waterhouse Point
Wedge Bay
Woodbridge: Flowerpot
Woolnorth: Woolnorth Point
Wykeholm Point & Bay

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