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Molluscs of Tasmania

Nassariidae – Nassariinae: Nassarius (Zeuxis) pyrrhus (Menke, 1843) (‘pyrrhus dog-whelk’)

Synonym(s): pyrrhus Menke, 1843 fasciatum Lamarck, 1822 dealbata A. Adams, 1853 victorianus Iredale, 1915.

Typical shell-length 20 mm. Banding may be pale brown or purplish-brown, but dense, even beading and tall spire is characteristic. Lives subtidally on sand. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species, but generally uncommon except in the N.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Nassariidae
Subfamily: Nassariinae
Genus: Nassarius

A-L Localities for Nassarius pyrrhus

Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Bridport (unlocalised)
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Burnie: Titan Point
Cape Barren Island: Battery Bay
Cape Barren Island: Kenneth Point
Cape Barren Island: Nautilus Cove
Cape Barren Island: Neds Point
Cape Barren Island: Thunder & Lightning Bay
Cape Barren Island (unlocalised)
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Carlton: Park Beach
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clarke Island: Kangaroo Bay to Seal Point
Clarke Island: Spike Bay
Clayton: foreshore
Coles Bay: Honeymoon Bay
Coles Bay (unlocalised)
Connellys Bay
Devonport: Mersey River
Dunalley: beach
Dunalley (unlocalised)
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
East Devonport: Berth 1
East Devonport: Moorland Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Ulverstone
East Wynyard: beach
Falmouth: foreshore
Flinders Island: Arthur Bay: Long Point
Flinders Island: Badger Corner
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Bay
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie Bay (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Watering Beach
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Yellow Beaches
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Logan Lagoon
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Parrys Bay: Double Corner
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Patriarch Inlet
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Samphire Island
Flinders Island: Sawyers Bay
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay: Pine Scrub
Flinders Island: The Dock
Flinders Island: Trousers Point
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: White Beach to Dick Davey Shoal
Flinders Island: Whitemark Beach
Freycinet Peninsula: Cooks Beach
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Great Dog Island: beaches in NE
Greens Beach: main beach
Greens Beach: Nudists Beach
Hawley Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hunter Island: Cave Bay
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island (unlocalised)
Koonya: Newmans Beach
Lime Bay
Lime Bay: Black Rock: beach
Little Peggs Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)

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