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Molluscs of Tasmania

Volutidae – Cymbiinae: Ericusa sowerbyi (Kiener, 1839) (‘Sowerby’s volute’)

Synonym(s): sowerbyi Kiener, 1839 fusiformis Swainson, 1822 (non Brocchi, 1814) perspecta Iredale, 1929 porcellana Jackson, 1954 stokesi Cotton, 1961.

Typical shell-length 160 mm. Lives subtidally and offshore on sand and mud, emerging at night to feed. Native. Endemic to southern and eastern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species, but seldom beached intact.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Volutidae
Subfamily: Cymbiinae
Genus: Ericusa

Localities for Ericusa sowerbyi

Beerbarrel Beach
Bicheno: Rice Beach
Binalong Bay: gulches
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Blackmans Bay
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bruny Island: E coast (unlocalised)
Clayton: foreshore
Clifton Beach: western end
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
D’Entrecasteaux Channel: Arch Island
D’Entrecasteaux Channel (unlocalised)
Derwent channel
Devonport (unlocalised)
Dianas Beach (unlocalised)
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Earlham: foreshore
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula: The Hazards
Friendly Beaches
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hellyer Beach
Hobart: Sullivans Cove area
Hunter Island (unlocalised)
King Island: Lavinia Beach: beach nr Lake Martha Lavinia
King Island: Seal Bay: Black Point
Kingston Beach
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Maria Island: Bloodstone Beach
Maria Island: Coxswain Creek: foreshore
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Hopground Beach
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Maria Island: Point Lesueur
Maria Island: Return Point
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Narawntapu: Bakers Beach
North Bruny Island: Miles Beach
North Bruny Island: Nebraska Beach
Peggs Beach: eastern end
Peggs Beach (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: western end
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Rheban Beach
Rocky Cape: Castle Rock Bay
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Rocky Cape: northern coves
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Rocky Cape (unlocalised)
Schouten Island: Sandspit Point
Smithton: Duck River mouth
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay (unlocalised)
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
South coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
South East coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: Circular Head
Stanley: East Inlet
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Swansea: Lisdillon Beach
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Three Hummock Island: East Telegraph Beach
Turners Beach
Walker Island

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