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Molluscs of Tasmania

Gastrochaenidae: Gastrochaena cuneiformis Spengler, 1783 (‘cuneiform gastrochaena’)

Synonym(s): cuneiformis Spengler, 1783 gigantea Deshayes, 1830 frondosa Cotton, 1930 hawaiiensis Dall, Bartsch & R

Typical shell-length 40 mm. Lives subtidally and offshore embedded in hard sediments such as compacted mud and soft rock, living within a crypt lined with shelly material and with only the siphons extending via shelly tubes. Native. Endemic to southern and eastern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC and SA).


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Myoida
Superfamily: Gastrochaenoidea
Family: Gastrochaenidae
Genus: Gastrochaena

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