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Molluscs of Tasmania

Volutomitridae: Volutomitra obscura (Hutton, 1873) (‘magpie volute-mitre’)

Synonym(s): obscura Hutton, 1873 pica Reeve, 1845.
Typical shell-length 20 mm. Shell surface bears delicate pale marbling or wave-like patterning on the purplish-black background, but this is often worn away in beached specimens, leaving a pattern of large white blotches on brown. Lives subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (TAS, VIC and SA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread species; commoner in the N, and often beached.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Volutomitridae
Genus: Volutomitra

A-L Localities for Volutomitra obscura

Arthur River: Nelson Bay
Badger Island
Beaumaris: Shelly Point
Bellerive Beach
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Bicheno: Rice Beach
Binalong Bay: Dora Point
Binalong Bay: gulches
Blackmans Bay
Black River Beach: northern end
Boat Harbour: beach
Burnie: Blythe Heads & estuary
Burnie: Sulphur Creek
Burnie: Titan Point
Cape Barren Island: Bungs Beach
Cape Barren Island: Thunder & Lightning Bay
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Lanoma Point
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clarke Island: Dip Point to Black Rocks
Clarke Island: Maclaines Bay
Clarke Island: Spike Bay
Clayton: foreshore
Coles Bay: foreshore
Coles Bay: Gravelly Beach & Sleepy Bay
Coles Bay: Honeymoon Bay
Coles Bay (unlocalised)
Cooee Beach
Croppies Point
Deadmans Bay
Denison Beach: Porch Rocks
Devonport: Don Heads
Dover: beach
Eaglehawk Neck: eastern side
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Ulverstone
East Ulverstone: Buttons Beach
East Wynyard: beach
Eddystone Point (unlocalised)
Electrona: Peggys Beach
Falmouth: foreshore
Flinders Island: Arthur Bay: Long Point
Flinders Island: Emita: Old Jetty Beach
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Fisher Island
Flinders Island: Lady Barron: Watering Beach
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay: Pine Scrub
Flinders Island: The Dock
Fortescue Bay
Frederick Henry Bay: Sloping Island
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Granville Harbour
Greens Beach: main beach
Greens Beach: Nudists Beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
Hellyer Beach
Howden: foreshore
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: Seal Bay: Black Point
King Island: Surprise Bay
King Island (unlocalised)
King Island: W coast
Lauderdale: Ralphs Bay
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Little Coningham Beach
Low Head: East Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Lulworth: Tam O”Shanter Bay

M-Z Localities for Volutomitra obscura

Maria Island: Bloodstone Point
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Encampment Cove
Maria Island: Gulls Nest Point
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Maria Island: Point Lesueur
Maria Island: Return Point
Marion Bay (unlocalised)
Marrawah: West Point
Mayfield Point to Little Christmas Island
Middleton: foreshore
Narawntapu: Copper Cove
North Bruny Island: Roberts Point
North Bruny Island: Variety Bay
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Nubeena: Roaring Beach
Nubeena: White Beach
Orford: East Shelly Beach
Orford: Emerald Beach
Orford: Shelly Beach (unlocalised)
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Pirates Bay: Fossil Island
Planters Beach to Fishers Point
Port Davey: Whalers Cove
Port Latta: Brickmakers Beach
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Randalls Bay
Rheban Beach
Robbins Island: Cape Elie
Robbins Island: Marys Island area
Rocky Cape: Burgess Cove
Rocky Cape: Castle Rock Bay
Rocky Cape: Cathedral Rocks Bay
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Sandy Bay: Nutgrove Beach
Snug Beach
Somerset: foreshore
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Cemetery Bluff
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
South Bruny Island: Old Jetty Beach
Stanley: Cow Rock beach
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Halfmoon Bay
Stanley (unlocalised)
Stanley: West Inlet
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: beach
The Gardens: Coffeys Gulch
The Gardens: Mateys Gulch to Gardens Lagoon
Three Hummock Island: Ranger Retreat
Three Hummock Island: Rape Bay
Three Hummock Island: Three Gullies Bay
Tinderbox Beach
Turners Beach
Ulverstone (unlocalised)
West Ulverstone: foreshore
Weymouth: beach
Woolnorth: Woolnorth Point
Wynyard: Fossil Bluff

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