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Molluscs of Tasmania

Lironobidae: Merelina cheilostoma (Tenison-Woods, 1877) (‘lipped rice-shell’)

Synonym(s): cheilostoma Tenison-Woods, 1877.

Typical shell-length 3.5 mm. Lives subtidally and offshore amongst rocks and seaweed. Native. Endemic to southern and eastern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a rare species, mostly likely to be found in the N.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Rissooidea
Family: Lironobidae
Genus: Merelina

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