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Molluscs of Tasmania

Marginellidae – Marginellinae: Mesoginella turbinata (G. B. Sowerby II, 1846) (‘top-shaped margin-shell’)

Synonym(s): turbinata Sowerby, 1846 albina Gaskoin, 1853 pygmaea Suter, 1913 leia Cotton, 1944 pattisoni Cotton, 1944 pusilla Laseron, 1948.

Typical shell-length 7.0 mm. The broad outline and the slightly raised ribs on the shoulder of the body-whorl are characteristic. Lives subtidally in sand in moderately sheltered environments. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species, but seldom beached in large numbers; perhaps most common in the SE.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Marginellidae
Subfamily: Marginellinae
Genus: Mesoginella

Localities for Mesoginella turbinata

Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Bicheno: Courland Bay
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: beach
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Carlton: Park Beach
Chain of Lagoons: Four Mile Creek: beach
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Clifton Beach: western end
Croppies Beach: northern end
Croppies Point
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Earlham: foreshore
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
Falmouth: foreshore
Falmouth: Mariposa Beach
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Freycinet Peninsula: Wineglass Bay
Granville Harbour
Greens Beach: main beach
Hellyer Beach
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island (unlocalised)
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Little Peggs Beach
Little Swanport: Saltworks Beach
Little Swanport (unlocalised)
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Orford: Shelly Beach (unlocalised)
Orford: Spring Beach
Orford: West Shelly Beach
Peggs Beach: western end
Pipers Head
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Port Sorell: beach
Rheban Beach
Rocky Cape: foreshore N of Picnic Beach
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Scamander (unlocalised)
Seymour Beach: northern end
South Croppies Point
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: East Inlet
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
St Helens Point
Swansea: Cressy Beach
Swansea: Jubilee Beach
Swansea: Kelvedon Beach
Swansea: Kennedia Beach
Swansea: Spiky Beach
Swansea (unlocalised)
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Cosy Corner
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay area
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay: southern end
Walker Island
Weymouth: beach

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