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Austropyrgus vastus Clark, Miller & Ponder 2003

Diagnostic features

This species differs from all others in the genus by having a disjunct last half whorl.

Classification

Austropyrgus vastus Clark, Miller & Ponder 2003

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Austropyrgus Cotton, 1942

Original name: Austropyrgus vastus 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: One Tree Sinkhole, near Mount Gambier, South Australia.

Distribution

This species is currently only known from a sinkhole near Mt Gambier, southeastern South Australia, from empty shells.

Notes

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

Austropyrgus vastus is known only from empty shells. It was named because of its very distinctive shape, which matches no other species of Austropyrgus.

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.