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Molluscs of Tasmania

Lironobidae: Merelina hirta Criscione & Ponder, 2011 (‘hairy rice-shell’)

Synonym(s): hirta Crioscino & Ponder, 2011.

Typical shell-length 2.6 mm. Lives intertidally and subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS and VIC). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and quite common species.


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

Localities for Merelina hirta

Ansons Bay
Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Beechford: foreshore
Bicheno: Cod Rock
Bicheno: Redbill Beach
Blackmans Bay
Black River Beach: southern end
Boat Harbour: beach
Bridport: beach
Bridport (unlocalised)
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Clayton: foreshore
Conical Harbour
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
De Witt Island
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: The Dock
Flinders Island: Trousers Point
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Fortescue Bay
Friendly Beaches
Georges Bay: Blanche Point
Granville Harbour: coast to N
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hogan Island
Huon Island
Ile des Phoques
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Halfmoon Bay
Little Swanport: mouth
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Mulcahy Bay
Narawntapu: Badger Head
Narawntapu: Copper Cove
New Harbour
North Bruny Island: Bull Bay
Okehampton Bay (unlocalised)
Orford: East Shelly Beach
Orford: Spring Beach
Orford: West Shelly Beach
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Pirates Bay: near landing
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Port Arthur: Denmans Cove
Port Davey: Bond Bay
Port Davey: Whalers Cove
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Robbins Island: Marys Island area
Seymour Beach: northern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: East Cove
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
Tinderbox Beach
Ulverstone (unlocalised)
Waterhouse Point

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