Fasciolariidae - Fasciolariinae: Australaria australasia  (Perry, 1811) ('Australian tulip-shell')  

Synonym(s): australasia Perry, 1811 coronata Lamarck, 1822 fusiformis Valenciennes in Kiener, 1843 bakeri Gatliff & Gabriel, 1912 eucla Cotton, 1952.

Figures a-b: 145 mm, Freycinet Peninsula, TAS (E), coll. S. Grove. Figure c: 110 mm, Marion Bay, TAS (E), coll. S. Grove. Figure d: 85 mm, Woodbridge, TAS (S), coll. S. Grove. Figure e: 52 mm, Maria Island, TAS (E), coll. S. Grove. Figure f: 53 mm, Black River Beach, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figure g: 40 mm, Rocky Cape, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove. Figure h: 13 mm, Cape Portland, TAS (N), coll. S. Grove.

Typical shell-length 150 mm. Varies in outline, from narrow to broad, and in the extent to which shoulders bear nodules. Similar to a Penion, but bears columellar folds, and often retains dark periostracum.  Lives intertidally and subtidally amongst rocks and seaweed.  Native. Endemic to southeastern and southwestern Australia (NSW, TAS, VIC, SA and WA).  In Tasmanian waters, this is a widespread and often common species.


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