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Molluscs of Tasmania

Columbellidae – Atiliinae: Mitrella (Dentimitrella) menkeana (Reeve, 1858) (‘pointed dove-shell’)

Synonym(s): menkeana Reeve, 1859 acuminata Menke, 1843 xavieriana Tenison-Woods, 1877 axiaerata Verco, 1910 purpureocincta Verco, 1910.

Typical shell-length 20 mm. Shape is characteristic, though colouration varies greatly. Lives subtidally amongst seaweed and seagrass, typically in sheltered to moderately exposed environments. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a common species along the N coast and around the Bass Strait islands; rare or absent further S.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Columbellidae
Subfamily: Atiliinae
Genus: Mitrella

A-L Localities for Mitrella menkeana

Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Beerbarrel Beach
Bicheno: Courland Bay
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Binalong Bay: gulches
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Bridport: Lades Beach
Bridport (unlocalised)
Bruny Island (unlocalised)
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Burnie: Sulphur Creek
Cape Barren Island: Bungs Beach
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Lanoma Point
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Carlton: Park Beach
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clarke Island: Dip Point to Black Rocks
Clayton: foreshore
Coles Bay: Honeymoon Bay
Cooee Beach
Croppies Beach: northern end
Croppies Point
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Devonport: Bluff Beach
Devonport: Don Heads
Devonport: Mersey River
Dover: beach
East Devonport: beach & breakwater
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Ulverstone
East Ulverstone: Buttons Beach
Flinders Island: Boat Harbour Beach
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Bay
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie Bay (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Fisher Island
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Patriarch Inlet
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay
Flinders Island: The Dock
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Whitemark Beach
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Greens Beach: main beach
Greens Beach: Nudists Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hellyer Beach
Herbies Landing
Hobart: Sullivans Cove area
King Island: Cape Wickham: foreshore to E
King Island: Currie Harbour
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Grassy Harbour
King Island: Grassy Harbour: Sandblow Bay
King Island: Halfmoon Bay
King Island: Little Porky Beach
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Pass River Bay
King Island: Seal Bay: Black Point
King Island: Surprise Bay
King Island (unlocalised)
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: northern end
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Little Peggs Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Lulworth: Tam O”Shanter Bay

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M-Z Localities for Mitrella menkeana

Margate foreshore
Maria Island: Bloodstone Point
Maria Island: Gulls Nest Point
Marrawah: Green Point
Marrawah: Green Point Beach
Mayfield Point to Little Christmas Island
Narawntapu: Copper Cove
Narawntapu: Griffiths Point
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
North West coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Orford: Emerald Beach
Peggs Beach: western end
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Penguin to Ulverstone: foreshore
Pipers Head
Port Arthur: Denmans Cove
Port Arthur: Point Puer & beach
Port Arthur (unlocalised)
Port Davey: Whalers Cove
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Primrose Sands
Randalls Bay
Robbins Island: Cape Elie
Robbins Island: East Beach
Rocky Cape: Burgess Cove
Rocky Cape: foreshore N of Picnic Beach
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Seymour Beach: northern end
Shearwater: Freers Beach
Somerset: foreshore
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Cemetery Bluff
South Bruny Island: Alonnah: Sunset Bay
South Bruny Island: Little Taylors Bay
South coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: Circular Head
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Green Hills: West Inlet entrance
Stanley: Halfmoon Bay
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Stanley: West Inlet
Swansea: Jubilee Beach
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Cosy Corner
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
Three Hummock Island: Mermaid Bay
Three Hummock Island: Rape Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay area
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay: southern end
Trial Harbour area
Turners Beach
Ulverstone (unlocalised)
Waterhouse Beach
Waterhouse Point
Weymouth: beach
Woolnorth: Valley Bay
Woolnorth: Woolnorth Point

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