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Austropeplea (Kutikina) hispida Ponder and Waterhouse, 1997

Diagnostic features

The shell is small, of 2.0-2.5 whorls, the aperture is greatly expanded and the well-developed periostracum bears short hairs.

Classification

Austropeplea (Kutikina) hispida Ponder and Waterhouse, 1997

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Heterobranchia

Order Hygrophila

Superfamily Lymnoidea

Family Lymnaeidae

Genus Kutikina Ponder & Waterhouse, 1997

Original name: Kutikina hispida Ponder & Waterhouse,1997. Ponder, W.F.& Waterhouse, J.H. (1997) A new genus and species of Lymnaeidae from the lower Franklin River, south western Tasmania, Australia.Journal of Molluscan Studies 63: 441 - 468.

Type locality: Lower section of the Franklin River, 500 metres downstream of Kutikina Cave, Tasmania.

Biology and ecology

Occurs below the water line, attached to smooth or algal and liverwort-covered vertical or near vertical limestone rocks, boulders or rock faces on the edges of the river where there is a fast flow.

Distribution

Only known from the lower Franklin River, southwest Tasmania.

Notes

Apparently restricted to limestone.

Further reading

Beesley, P. L., Ross, G. J. B. & Wells, A., Eds. (1998). Mollusca: The Southern Synthesis. Parts A & B. Melbourne, CSIRO Publishing.

Ponder, W. F. & Waterhouse, J. H. (1997). A new genus and species of Lymnaeidae from the lower Franklin River, south western Tasmania, Australia. Journal of Molluscan Studies 63: 441-468.  

Puslednik, L., Ponder, W. F., Dowton, M. & Davis, A. R. (2009). Examining the phylogeny of the Australasian Lymnaeidae (Heterobranchia: Pulmonata: Gastropoda) using mitochondrial, nuclear and morphological markers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 52: 643-659.