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Austropyrgus goliathus Clark, Miller & Ponder 2003

Diagnostic features

This species belongs to the Austropyrgus rectus group, with members characterised by small to medium sized, narrow to broad shells, with spires of average length to very elongate, a straight outline and typically flattened to slightly convex whorls. The coiled oviduct has one or more bends, loops or twists.

Austropyrgus goliathus differs from the other members of this group in the following combination of characters: shell of medium size (up to 4.7 mm), broad, with flattened whorls, last whorl and base subangled; basal projection of lateral teeth U-shaped, ovary simple, rectum indenting albumen gland.

Classification

Austropyrgus goliathus Clark, Miller & Ponder 2003

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Austropyrgus Cotton, 1942

Original name: Austropyrgus goliathus Clark, Miller & Ponder 2003. Clark, S. A., Miller, A. C. and 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 Supplement 28: 1–109.

Type locality: Spring Creek, northeast of Curdies Inlet, Victoria.

Biology and ecology

In streams on water weeds, hard substrate (rocks etc.) and crawling on litter and sediment. Can be locally abundant. Assumed to feed by scraping bacteria and microalgae. Lay solitary capsules containing a single egg. Direct development.

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

This species is found in the small coastal streams and rivers of central western Victoria.

Notes

Most species of Austropyrgus are geographically isolated and have restricted ranges, and this one is no exception. This species is the largest member of the genus, and the second largest of all known Australian tateids (the largest is Phrantela richardsoni).

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.