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Molluscs of Tasmania

Nassariidae – Nassariinae: Phrontis compacta (Angas, 1865) (‘compact dog-whelk’)

Synonym(s): compacta Angas, 1865.

Typical shell-length 9.0 mm. Variable in colouration, but small size, coarse ribbing and narrow outline are characteristic. Lives subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species, but only common in the N.


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

Localities for Phrontis compacta

Arthur River: Nelson Bay
Beechford: foreshore
Binalong Bay: gulches
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Burnie: Sulphur Creek
Cape Barren Island: Bungs Beach
Cape Barren Island: Thunder & Lightning Bay
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clayton: foreshore
Coles Bay: Honeymoon Bay
Coles Bay: Parsons Cove
Coles Bay: Richardsons Beach
Conical Harbour
Devonport: Mersey River
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Kangaroo Island (unlocalised)
East Ulverstone
East Wynyard: beach
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie Bay (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay: Pine Scrub
Flinders Island: The Dock
Flinders Island (unlocalised)
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Greens Beach: main beach
Hunter Island (unlocalised)
Huon Island
King Island: Currie Harbour
King Island: Ettrick Beach
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Halfmoon Bay
King Island: Pass River Bay
King Island: Seal Point
King Island (unlocalised)
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Low Head: East Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Maria Island: Bloodstone Point
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Marrawah: West Point
Nine Mile Beach & Dolphin Sands
North Bruny Island: Variety Bay
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Nubeena: White Beach
Orford: West Shelly Beach
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Penguin to Ulverstone: foreshore
Pipers Head
Port Davey: Whalers Cove
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Rheban Beach
Rocky Cape: Burgess Cove
Rocky Cape: Forwards Beach
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Somerset: foreshore
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
Stanley: Cow Rock beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Three Hummock Island: Rape Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay
Ulverstone (unlocalised)
Waterhouse Point

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