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Molluscs of Tasmania

Veneridae – Tapetinae: Venerupis (Paphirus) largillierti (Philippi, 1847) (‘New Zealand venus’)

Synonym(s): largillierti Philippi, 1849.
Typical shell-length 70 mm. Young shells may bear numerous fine, dark chevrons. Lives subtidally in sand and mud, in moderately sheltered environments. Non-native. Occurs in southeastern Australia (TAS only); also New Zealand. In Tasmanian waters, this species is now widespread along the E coast and common in the SE following unintentional introduction from New Zealand; commercially harvested for food.


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Veneroida
Superfamily: Veneroidea
Family: Veneridae
Subfamily: Tapetinae
Genus: Venerupis

Localities for Venerupis largillierti

Ansons Bay
Bicheno: Redbill Beach
Binalong Bay: gulches
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Blackmans Bay
Carlton Beach: Spectacle Island
Carlton: Park Beach
Clifton Beach (unlocalised)
Coles Bay: Parsons Cove
Coles Bay: Richardsons Beach
Coningham: foreshore
Cremorne: foreshore
Derwent Estuary (unlocalised)
Droughty Point
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Fortescue Bay
Georges Bay: Akaroa: foreshore
Georges Bay: Blanche Point
Georges Bay: Humbug Point
Georges Bay: Moulting Bay (unlocalised)
Georges Bay (unlocalised)
Hobart: Sandy Bay: Lords Beach & Wrest Point
Hobart: Sandy Bay (unlocalised)
Hobart: Sullivans Cove area
Lauderdale: Roches Beach
Lauderdale: Seven Mile Beach
Lime Bay: Black Rock: beach
Margate: Dru Point & Nierinna Creek mouth
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Musselroe Point
North Bruny Island: Nebraska Beach
North Bruny Island: Roberts Point
Nubeena: White Beach
Opossum Bay: The Spit & Shelly Beach
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Pirates Bay (unlocalised)
Port Arthur: Denmans Cove
Ralphs Bay: Maria Point
Randalls Bay
Rokeby Beach
Sandy Bay: Nutgrove Beach
Sandy Bay: Red Chapel Beach
Snug Beach
Sorell: Orielton Lagoon
South Arm: Fort Beach
South Arm: Mary Ann Beach & Gellibrand Point
South Arm Neck: northern side
Southport Bluff: beach
Swansea: Spiky Beach
Taroona: Alum Cliffs
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Taroona: Hinsby Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
Tasman Peninsula (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Cosy Corner
Woodbridge: Flowerpot
Woodbridge: foreshore & Birchs Point

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