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Molluscs of Tasmania

Ranellidae – Ranellinae: Ranella australasia (Perry, 1811) (‘Australasian rock-whelk’)

Synonym(s): australasia Perry, 1811 gemmifera Euthyme, 1889 vossi Powell, 1952 blacki Powell, 1954.
Typical shell-length 90 mm. Lives subtidally and offshore amongst rocks and seaweed, especially in exposed environments. Native. Occurs in southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS and VIC); also New Zealand, with further subspecies in South Africa. In Tasmanian waters, this is a common species in the E and S, rare elsewhere.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Littorinimorpha
Superfamily: Tonnoidea
Family: Ranellidae
Subfamily: Ranellinae
Genus: Ranella

Localities for Ranella australasia

Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Bangor: Watsons Bay
Bay of Fires: Break Yoke Beach to Pebbly Beach
Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Beerbarrel Beach
Bicheno: Courland Bay
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Bicheno: Redbill Beach
Bicheno: Waubs Beach
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Chain of Lagoons: Four Mile Creek: beach
Clifton Beach: western end
Coles Bay: Gravelly Beach & Sleepy Bay
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Denison Beach: rocks at southern end
Denison Beach (unlocalised)
D’Entrecasteaux Channel (unlocalised)
Dunalley (unlocalised)
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Earlham: foreshore
East Wynyard: beach
Falmouth: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Fisher Island
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Fortescue Bay
Frederick Henry Bay (unlocalised)
Kingston Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Little Swanport: Saltworks Beach
Maria Island: Coxswain Creek: foreshore
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Gulls Nest Point
Maria Island: Return Point
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Maria Island (unlocalised)
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Mayfield Point to Little Christmas Island
North Bruny Island: Dennes Point
Okehampton Bay: Reids Beach
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Port Arthur: Safety Cove
Rheban Beach
Schouten Island: Crocketts Bay
Schouten Island: Moreys Bay
Schouten Island: Sandspit Point
South Arm: Hope Beach: southern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South East coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Strahan: Cape Sorell
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens
The Gardens: beach
The Gardens: Coffeys Gulch
The Gardens: Cosy Corner
The Gardens: Mateys Gulch to Gardens Lagoon
The Gardens: Seatons Cove
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
Triabunna: Plain Place Beach
Tunnel Bay

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