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Molluscs of Tasmania

Hiatellidae: Panopea australis (G. B. Sowerby I, 1833) (‘southern gaper’)

Synonym(s): australis Sowerby, 1833 angusta Hedley, 1915.
Typical shell-length 180 mm. Lives subtidally in sand and mud in moderately sheltered environments. Native. Endemic to southern and eastern Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread but uncommon species.


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Myoida
Superfamily: Hiatelloidea
Family: Hiatellidae
Genus: Panopea

Localities for Panopea australis

Bangor: Two Mile Beach
Beaumaris Beach
Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Blackmans Bay
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: Adams Beach
Bridport: beach
Bruny Island: Neck Beach
Bruny Island (unlocalised)
Calverts Beach & Goats Bluff
Chain of Lagoons
Chain of Lagoons: Four Mile Creek: beach
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Clifton Beach: western end
Cremorne: foreshore
Denison Beach (unlocalised)
Dianas Beach (unlocalised)
Earlham: foreshore
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Freycinet Peninsula: Hazards Beach
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Georges Bay: Blanche Point
Hunter Island: Cave Bay
King Island: Lavinia Beach: beach nr Lake Martha Lavinia
King Island: Sea Elephant Bay: Cowper Point
King Island: Yellow Rock Beach
Kingston Beach
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Maria Island: Bloodstone Beach
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Shoal Bay: McRaes Isthmus
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Marion Bay (unlocalised)
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Mayfield Point to Little Christmas Island
Mercury Passage: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 02
Mercury Passage: ACMA Asterias survey Stn 06
Narawntapu: Bakers Beach
Nine Mile Beach & Dolphin Sands
North Bruny Island: Miles Beach
Okehampton Bay (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: eastern end
Peggs Beach (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: western end
Rheban Beach
Robbins Island: Ransonnet Bay
Rocky Cape: foreshore N of Picnic Beach
Rocky Cape: Forwards Beach
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Smithton: Duck Bay: Picnic Point
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay (unlocalised)
South East coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: East Inlet
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Swansea: Coswell Beach
Swansea: Kelvedon Beach
Swansea: Kennedia Beach
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Hinsby Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
Verona Sands
Walker Island
Waterhouse Island

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