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Molluscs of Tasmania

Eulimidae: Melanella augur (Angas, 1865) (‘large urchin-snail’)

Synonym(s): augur Angas, 1865 proxima Sowerby, 1866 apheles Tenison-Woods, 1879 marginata Tenison-Woods, 1879 orthopleura Tate, 1898 mayi Tate, 1900 murrayae Cotton & Godfrey, 1932 planicincta Cotton & Godfrey, 1932.

Typical shell-length 15 mm. Lives subtidally as an internal parasite of sea-urchins. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a common species in the N; rare or absent further S.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Eulimoidea
Family: Eulimidae
Genus: Melanella

Localities for Melanella augur

Arthur River: Nelson Bay
Beechford: foreshore
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Bruny Island (unlocalised)
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Burnie: Titan Point
Burnie (unlocalised)
Cape Barren Island: Thunder & Lightning Bay
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Clayton: foreshore
Cooee Beach
Devonport: Bluff Beach
Devonport: Coles Beach
Devonport: Mersey River
Devonport: Paradise Cove (unlocalised)
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Ulverstone
East Wynyard: beach
Falmouth: Mariposa Beach
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
King Island: Cape Wickham: foreshore to E
King Island: Colliers Beach
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Grassy Harbour
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Pass River Bay
King Island (unlocalised)
Leith: Lillico Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Narawntapu: Copper Cove
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach (unlocalised)
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Pipers Head
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Port Sorell: beach
Rocky Cape: Burgess Cove
Rocky Cape: Castle Rock Bay
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Rocky Cape (unlocalised)
Somerset: foreshore
South East coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Stanley: Circular Head
Swansea (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay
Ulverstone (unlocalised)
Waterhouse Point
West Ulverstone: foreshore

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