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Molluscs of Tasmania

Pseudolividae – Pseudolivinae: Zemira australis (G. B. Sowerby I, 1833) (‘southern false-olive’)

Synonym(s): australis Sowerby, 1833.

Typical shell-length 25 mm. Beached shells often worn to white; fresh shells are mottled brown. Similar in shape to Cancellaria spirata, but lacks columellar folds. Lives subtidally on sand. Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (NSW, TAS and VIC). In Tasmanian waters, this is a rare species largely confined to the NE coast.


Class: Gastropoda
Subclass: Caenogastropoda – Sorbeoconcha
Order: Hypsogastropoda – Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Pseudolivoidea
Family: Pseudolividae
Subfamily: Pseudolivinae
Genus: Zemira

Zemira australis
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