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Molluscs of Tasmania

Costellariidae: Turriplicifer australe (Swainson, 1820) (‘southern mitre’)

Synonym(s): australe Swainson, 1820 melaleuca Quoy & Gaimard, 1833 kieneri Sowerby, 1874 vincentiana Verco, 1896.
Typical shell-length 60 mm. Freshly dead shells are nearly all-dark; the pale banding intensifies with increasing wear. Shell lacks obvious axial ribs, despite its family placement. Lives subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this species is common as a beached shell in the N, but seldom encountered further S.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Costellariidae
Genus: Turriplicifer

A -L Localities for Turriplicifer australe

Arthur River: Arthur Beach
Beechford: foreshore
Black River Beach
Black River Beach: northern end
Boat Harbour: beach
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Burnie: Sulphur Creek
Burnie: Titan Point
Camdale: beach
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Lanoma Point
Cape Portland: Lemons Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clarke Island: Dip Point to Black Rocks
Clayton: foreshore
Coles Bay: foreshore
Cooee Beach
Croppies Point
Devonport: Bluff Beach
Devonport: Coles Beach
Devonport: Don Heads
Devonport: Mersey River
Devonport (unlocalised)
East Devonport: beach & breakwater
East Devonport: Moorland Beach
East Devonport: Moorland Point
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Ulverstone
East Ulverstone: Buttons Beach
East Wynyard: beach
Eddystone Point (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Arthur Bay: Long Point
Flinders Island: Big River Cove
Flinders Island: Emita: Old Jetty 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: Palana Beach
Flinders Island: Parrys Bay: Double Corner
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay: Pine Scrub
Flinders Island: The Dock
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Greens Beach: main beach
Greens Beach: Nudists Beach
Hawley Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hellyer Beach
Hunter Island (unlocalised)
King Island: Cape Wickham: foreshore to E
King Island: Currie Harbour
King Island: Ettrick Beach
King Island: Fitzmaurice Bay
King Island: Grassy Harbour
King Island: Halfmoon Bay
King Island: Little Porky Beach
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Porky Beach
King Island: Red Hut Point
King Island: S coast (unlocalised)
King Island: Seal Bay: Black Point
King Island: Surprise Bay
King Island (unlocalised)
King Island: W coast
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Little Peggs Beach
Low Head: Bellbuoy Beach
Low Head: East Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Lulworth: Tam O”Shanter Bay