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Molluscs of Tasmania

Vulsellidae: Vulsella ovata Lamarck, 1819 (‘southern sponge-finger’)

Synonym(s): ovata Lamarck, 1819 tasmanica Reeve, 1858.

Typical shell-length 50 mm. Lives subtidally and offshore embedded in sponges. Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA). In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and southern species, particularly in the N where the shells tend to be larger.


Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Pterioida
Superfamily: Pterioidea
Family: Pteriidae
Genus: Vulsella

A-L Localities for Vulsella ovata

Badger Island
Bangor: Two Mile Beach
Bay of Fires: Break Yoke Beach to Pebbly Beach
Bicheno: Diamond Island
Blackman Bay: Little Chinaman Bay
Black River Beach: northern end
Black River Beach: southern end
Bridport: Adams Beach
Bridport: beach
Bridport: East Sandy Point
Burnie: Sulphur Creek
Burnie (unlocalised)
Cape Portland: Home Beach
Cape Portland: Lemons Beach
Cape Portland: Petal Point
Cape Portland: Roses Bay
Cape Portland (unlocalised)
Carlton: Park Beach
Clarke Island: Black Point
Clarke Island: Black Point – beach to N
Clarke Island: Maclaines Bay
Coles Bay (unlocalised)
Croppies Point
Devonport: Bluff Beach
Devonport: Coles Beach
Devonport: Don Heads
Douglas River: beach
East Devonport: beach & breakwater
East Devonport: Berth 2
East Devonport: Moorland Beach
East Devonport: Moorland Point
East Devonport: Pardoe Beach
East Devonport: Pardoe Point
East Kangaroo Island: North Point
East Kangaroo Island (unlocalised)
East Ulverstone
East Ulverstone: Buttons Beach
East Wynyard: beach
Flinders Island: Arthur Bay: Long Point
Flinders Island: Beach S of Big River Road
Flinders Island: Foochow Beach
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Bay
Flinders Island: Fotheringate Beach: southern end
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie Bay (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Killiecrankie: foreshore
Flinders Island: Lady Barron (unlocalised)
Flinders Island: Leeka: foreshore towards Twelve Hour Point
Flinders Island: Lillies Bay
Flinders Island: Northeast River: mouth
Flinders Island: Palana Beach
Flinders Island: Patriarch Beach
Flinders Island: Port Davies & Cave Beach
Flinders Island: Sawyers Bay
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay
Flinders Island: Tanners Bay: Pine Scrub
Flinders Island: The Dock
Flinders Island: Trousers Point
Flinders Island: Whitemark Beach
Freycinet Peninsula: Wineglass Bay
Goat Island: foreshore of island and nearby mainland
Greens Beach: main beach
Hawley Beach: foreshore towards Point Sorell
King Island: Cape Wickham: foreshore to E
King Island: Grassy Harbour
King Island: Naracoopa: foreshore
King Island: Yellow Rock Beach
Kingston Beach
Leith: foreshore
Leith: Lillico Beach
Little Chalky Island
Little Peggs Beach
Low Head: East Beach
Low Head (unlocalised)
Lulworth: Tam O”Shanter Bay

Vulsella ovata
Vulsella ovata
Vulsella ovata
Vulsella ovata
M-Z Localities for Vulsella ovata

Maria Island: Chinamans Bay
Maria Island: Darlington Bay
Maria Island: Encampment Cove
Maria Island: Gulls Nest Point
Maria Island: Hopground Beach
Maria Island: Howells Point & Painted Cliffs
Maria Island: Return Point
Maria Island: Shoal Bay: McRaes Isthmus
Maria Island: Trigonia Corner
Marion Bay: Bream Creek foreshore
Mayfield Beach to Mayfield Point
Mayfield Point to Little Christmas Island
Narawntapu: Bakers Beach
Narawntapu: Bakers Point & Springlawn Beach
Narawntapu: Copper Cove
Narawntapu: Griffiths Point
Narawntapu: Little Badger Head
North Bruny Island: Sandgrove Point
North coast of Tasmania (unlocalised)
Northdown Beach
Orford: Emerald Beach
Peggs Beach (unlocalised)
Peggs Beach: western end
Penguin: Johnsons Beach
Penguin: Lonah & Lodders Point
Port Cygnet: Sandrock Bay
Port Latta: Brickmakers Beach
Port Latta: Cowrie Point
Ransons Beach
Rocky Cape: Anniversary Bay
Rocky Cape: Burgess Cove
Rocky Cape: Castle Rock Bay
Rocky Cape: Cave Bay
Rocky Cape: Forwards Beach
Rocky Cape: Mary Anne Cove area
Rocky Cape: Picnic Beach & rocks to S
Schouten Island: Crocketts Bay
Shearwater: Freers Beach
Sisters Beach
Somerset: foreshore
South Bruny Island: Adventure Bay: Grass Point
South Bruny Island: Cloudy Beaches: eastern beach
Stanley: Anthony Beach
Stanley: Circular Head
Stanley: Cow Rock beach
Stanley: foreshore
Stanley: Godfreys Beach
Stanley: Halfmoon Bay
Stanley: Tatlows Beach
Stanley (unlocalised)
Stumpys Bay (unlocalised)
Swansea: Coswell Beach
Swansea: Kelvedon Beach
Swansea: Kelvedon Beach: Shelly Point
Swansea: Spiky Beach
Swansea (unlocalised)
Tamar River: Bell Bay: power-station jetty
Tamar River: Kelso: foreshore
Taroona Beach
Taroona: Dixons Beach
Tasmania (unlocalised)
The Gardens: Cosy Corner
The Gardens: Swimcart Beach
The Gardens: Taylors Beach
Turners Beach
Ulverstone (unlocalised)
Verona Sands
Walker Island
Waterhouse Point
West Ulverstone: foreshore
Weymouth: beach
Woolnorth: Woolnorth Point
Wynyard (unlocalised)

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Vulsella ovata
Vulsella ovata