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Molluscs of Tasmania

Laternulidae: Laternula (Laternula) tasmanica (Reeve, 1863) (‘Tasmanian lantern-shell’)

Synonym(s): tasmanica Reeve, 1863.

Typical shell-length 55 mm. Umbones placed centrally. Lives intertidally and subtidally in mud in estuarine and other sheltered environments. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and locally common species.


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Pholadomyoida
Superfamily: Thracioidea
Family: Laternulidae
Genus: Laternula

Localities for Laternula tasmanica

Ansons Bay
Bathurst Channel: Balmoral Beach
Cambridge: Barilla Bay
Derwent Estuary (unlocalised)
Dianas Basin
Georges Bay: Akaroa: foreshore
Georges Bay: Humbug Point
Georges Bay: Moulting Bay: Bayview
Georges Bay: Moulting Bay (unlocalised)
Georges Bay: St Helens: foreshore
Georges Bay (unlocalised)
Hawley Beach
Hobart: Sandy Bay: Lords Beach & Wrest Point
Hobart: Sandy Bay (unlocalised)
Kettering: Oyster Cove
King Island: Yellow Rock Beach
Kingston Beach
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Lime Bay
Little Swanport: mouth
Lymington: Copper Alley Bay
Margate: Dru Point & Nierinna Creek mouth
Midway Point: Penna Beach
Midway Point (unlocalised)
Narawntapu: Bakers Beach
Narawntapu: Bakers Point & Springlawn Beach
North Bruny Island: Barnes Bay
North Bruny Island: Simmonds Bay
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Orford: Millingtons Beach
Orford (unlocalised)
Pittwater Bluff: foreshore to W
Ralphs Bay (unlocalised)
Recherche Bay
Richmond: Coal River estuary
Rokeby Beach
Sandy Bay: Nutgrove Beach
Sorell: causeway
Sorell: Orielton Lagoon
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Bay Lagoon
Stanley: foreshore
Swanwick: foreshore
Tamar River: Beauty Point: Inspection Head area
Tamar River: Bell Bay: Deceitful Cove
Tamar River: Devils Elbow
Tamar River: East Arm
Tamar River: Ilfraville: Redbill Point
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tamar River: Middle Arm
Tamar River: Middle Arm: Shag Head
Tamar River: West Arm
Tamar River: York Town: creek mouth
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point

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