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Molluscs of Tasmania

Buccinidae – Siphonaliinae: Penion mandarinus (Duclos, 1832) (‘mandarin whelk’)

Synonym(s): mandarinus Duclos, 1831 grandis Gray, 1839 dilatatus Reeve, 1847 pastinacea Reeve, 1848 tasmaniensis A. Adams & Angas, 1864 oligostira Tate, 1891 waitei Hedley, 1903 levifida Iredale, 1929 spectandus Iredale & McMichael, 1962.

Typical shell-length 140 mm. Smaller, more rounded and pinker than P. maximus. Lives subtidally and offshore on fine sand and mud. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species but seldom beached. Found in shallower water in the S.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Buccinoidea
Family: Buccinidae
Subfamily: Siphonaliinae
Genus: Penion

Localities for Penion mandarinus

Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Blackman Bay: Long Spit: bay to E
Blackmans Bay
Black River Beach: northern end
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Clarke Island: Kangaroo Bay to Seal Point
Clayton: foreshore
Coningham: foreshore
Denison Beach (unlocalised)
Derwent channel
Dodges Ferry: Red Ochre Beach
Dunalley (unlocalised)
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Eaglehawk Neck: western side
Earlham: foreshore
East Devonport: Moorland Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Ulverstone
East Wynyard: beach
Flinders Island: E coast (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Sawyers Bay
Freycinet Peninsula: Cooks Beach
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Herlihys Bay: coast to E
King Island: Lavinia Beach: beach nr Lake Martha Lavinia
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Porky Beach
King Island: Sea Elephant Bay: Cowper Point
King Island: Seal Bay: Black Point
King Island: Surprise Bay
King Island (unlocalised)
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Lime Bay
Maria Island: Bloodstone Beach
Maria Island: Coxswain Creek: foreshore
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Maria Island: Point Lesueur
Maria Island: Shoal Bay: McRaes Isthmus
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Marion Bay (unlocalised)
Middleton: foreshore
Narawntapu: Copper Cove
Okehampton Bay: Reids Beach
Peggs Beach: western end
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Port Cygnet: Cray Point
Port Davey: Bond Bay
Port Davey: Whalers Cove
Port Sorell (unlocalised)
Rocky Cape: Castle Rock Bay
Rocky Cape: Forwards Beach
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Schouten Island: Moreys Bay
Schouten Island: Sandspit Point
Somerset: foreshore
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Bruny Island: Old Jetty Beach
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Swansea: Kelvedon Beach: Shelly Point
Swansea (unlocalised)
Tamar River: George Town (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Tomahawk Island
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point

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