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Austropyrgus bunyaensis Miller, Clark & Ponder 1999

Classification

Austropyrgus bunyaensis Miller, Clark & Ponder 1999

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Austropyrgus Cotton, 1942

Original name: Austropyrgus bunyaensis Miller, Clark & Ponder 1999. Miller, A. C., Ponder, W. F. & Clark, S. A. (1999). Freshwater snails of the genera Fluvidona and Austropyrgus (Gastropoda, Hydrobiidae) from northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy 13: 461-493.

Type locality: Mt Mowbullan, Bunya Mountains, Queensland..

Biology and ecology

In seepages and small streams on water weeds, hard substrate (rocks etc.) and crawling on litter and sediment.  Assumed to feed by scraping bacteria and microalgae.

Additional information on the biology and ecology of members of this family can be found in Fauna of Australia, vol. 5B, p. 752-755.

Distribution

Known only from small streams near the top of Mt Mowbullan, Bunya Mountains, southern Queensland.

Notes

This is one of two species of Austropyrgus occurring far outside the range of the majority of species, being found in the Bunya Mountains in southern Queensland, the other (A. centralia) is found in Dalhousie Springs in the far north of South Australia.

Most members of Austropyrgus, including this species, are geographically isolated and have restricted ranges.

Further reading

Clark, S. A., Miller, A. C. & Ponder, W. F. (2003). Revision of the snail genus Austropyrgus (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae): a morphostatic radiation of freshwater gastropods in southeastern Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 28: 1–109.

Miller, A. C., Ponder, W. F. & Clark, S. A. (1999). Freshwater snails of the genera Fluvidona and Austropyrgus (Gastropoda, Hydrobiidae) from northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, Australia. Invertebrate Taxonomy 13: 461-493.