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Molluscs of Tasmania

Cancellariidae – Cancellariinae: Sydaphera lactea (Deshayes, 1830) (‘milky nutmeg-shell’)

Synonym(s): lactea Deshayes, 1830 laevigata Sowerby, 1832.

Typical shell-length 25 mm. Shell usually heavily thickened; beached shells are often worn. Lives subtidally amongst seaweed and seagrass. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species, and the only one likely to be encountered as beached shells in the S.


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

Localities for Sydaphera lactea

Arthur River: Nelson Bay
Bangor: Lagoon Bay
Binalong Bay
Binalong Bay: gulches
Blackmans Bay
Black River Beach: southern end
Cape Barren Island: Tinkers Gut
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Lanoma Point
Cape Portland: Lemons Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Carlton: Park Beach
Chain of Lagoons: Piccaninny Point
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clarke Island: Black Point – beach to N
Clifton Beach (unlocalised)
Clifton Beach: western end
Coles Bay: foreshore
Cox Bight (unlocalised)
Davey River: Carvers Point
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Denison Beach: rocks at southern end
Douglas River: beach
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Eddystone Point (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Bay
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Fortescue Bay
Freycinet Peninsula (unlocalised)
Friendly Beaches
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Great Musselroe Bay
Greens Beach: main beach
Hunter Island (unlocalised)
King Island: Cape Wickham: foreshore to E
King Island: City of Melbourne Bay
King Island: Currie Harbour
King Island: Ettrick Beach
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Grassy Harbour
King Island: Halfmoon Bay
King Island: Lavinia Beach: beach nr Lake Martha Lavinia
King Island: Little Porky Beach
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Red Hut Point
King Island: Seal Bay: Black Point
King Island: Seal Point
King Island: Surprise Bay
King Island (unlocalised)
King Island: W coast
King Island: Yellow Rock Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Little Musselroe Bay: northern end
Little Musselroe Bay: Tree Point area
Little Peggs Beach
Long Island: Crayfish Point
Louisa Bay
Low Head (unlocalised)
Maria Island: Bloodstone Beach
Maria Island: Bloodstone Point
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Gulls Nest Point
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Marion Bay: northern beaches
Marrawah: Green Point Beach
Marrawah (unlocalised)
Marrawah: West Point
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Musselroe Point
North Bruny Island: Dennes Point
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Rheban Beach
Robbins Island: East Beach
Robbins Island: Marys Island area
Rocky Cape: foreshore N of Picnic Beach
Seymour Beach: northern end
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
South coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stumpys Bay (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Coffeys Gulch
The Gardens: Mateys Gulch to Gardens Lagoon
Three Hummock Island: Mermaid Bay
Three Hummock Island: Ranger Retreat
Three Hummock Island: Rape Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay: northern end
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay: southern end
Tinderbox Beach
West coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Woolnorth: Davisons Bay
Woolnorth: Valley Bay
Woolnorth: Woolnorth Point

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