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Molluscs of Tasmania

Cancellariidae – Cancellariinae: Sydaphera granosa (G. B. Sowerby I, 1832) (‘grainy nutmeg-shell’)

Synonym(s): granosa Sowerby, 1832.

Typical shell-length 45 mm. Size, thickness and degree of ornamentation vary. Lives subtidally amongst seaweed and seagrass. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this species is primarily found along the N coast and around the Bass Strait islands, where sometimes common as a beached shell.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Lower Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Cancellarioidea
Family: Cancellariidae
Subfamily: Cancellariinae
Genus: Sydaphera

Localities for Sydaphera granosa

Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: beach
Bridport: Lades Beach
Bridport (unlocalised)
Cape Barren Island (unlocalised)
Cape Portland: Lanoma Point
Cape Portland: Lemons Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Croppies Point
Devonport: Bluff Beach
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
East Devonport: beach & breakwater
East Ulverstone
East Ulverstone: Buttons Beach
East Wynyard: beach
Falmouth: Mariposa Beach
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Bay
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Trousers Point
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Greens Beach: main beach
Greens Beach: Nudists Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hellyer Beach
King Island: Disappointment Bay
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: S coast (unlocalised)
King Island (unlocalised)
King Island: Yellow Rock Beach
Leven River: mouth
Little Peggs Beach
Maria Island: Chinamans Bay
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Narawntapu: Bakers Beach
Narawntapu: Griffiths Point
Narawntapu: Little Badger Head
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Northdown Beach
North West coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: eastern end
Peggs Beach (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: western end
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Pipers Head
Pirates Bay: near landing
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Point Sorell and foreshore to SW
Port Davey: Schooner Cove
Rocky Cape: Anniversary Bay
Rocky Cape: Burgess Cove
Rocky Cape: Forwards Beach
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Rocky Cape (unlocalised)
Sisters Beach
Smithton: Duck River mouth
South coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: Cow Rock beach
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Green Hills: West Inlet entrance
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Swansea (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Three Hummock Island: East Telegraph Beach
Three Hummock Island: Rape Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay: southern end
Tomahawk Beach
Ulverstone (unlocalised)
Walker Island
West Ulverstone: foreshore

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