Solemyidae: Solemya (Solemyarina) velesiana Iredale, 1931 (‘pygmy date-shell’)
Synonym(s): velesiana Iredale, 1931.
Typical shell-length 12 mm. The shiny brown periostracum overlaps the shell’s anterior margins and is persistent, though it often splits. Lives intertidally and subtidally in sand and mud, especially in oxygen-deficient sediments. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a rare species with few confirmed records.
Localities for Solemya velesiana
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
King Island: Ettrick Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: northern end
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Bay Lagoon
Bicheno: Waubs Beach
Flinders Island: East River Bluff
Flinders Island: Whitemark Beach
Georges Bay: Akaroa: foreshore
North Bruny Island: Roberts Point
Tamar River: Swan Bay