Mesodesmatidae - Mesodesmatinae: Atactodea erycinaea  (Lamarck, 1818) ('eryx wedge-shell')  

Synonym(s): erycinaea Lamarck, 1819 diemenensis Quoy & Gaimard, 1835.

Figures a-c: 30 mm, South Bruny Island, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove. Figures d-e: 15 mm, Black River Beach, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 30 mm. Dark periostracum is persistent but can be worn off beached shells.  Lives intertidally and subtidally in sand and mud, especially on sheltered shores.  Native. Endemic to southeastern Australia (TAS and VIC).  In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and locally abundant species, especially towards the S.


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