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Beddomeia hermansi Ponder and Clark, 1993

Diagnostic features

Species of the B. hullii group are found in the northern half of Tasmania. Their shells are small (1.7-3.7 mm in length; most less than 3.5 mm), simple, ovate-conic to broadly conic, with a thin inner lip and no columellar bulge. The periphery of the last whorl of the shell is rounded, subangled or angled and the penis simple.

Differs from other species from north central Tasmania (excluding B. lodderae) in radula having U-shaped median cusp on central teeth.

Classification

Beddomeia hermansi Ponder and Clark, 1993

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Beddomeia Petterd, 1889

Original name: Beddomeia hermansi Ponder and Clark, 1993 in Ponder, W.F., Clark, G.A., Miller, A. & Toluzzi, A. 1993. On a major radiation of freshwater snails in Tasmania and eastern Victoria - a preliminary overview of the Beddomeia group (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy, 7: 501-750.

Type locality: Top end of Viking Creek, tributary of Wilmot River, Tasmania.

Biology and ecology

On leaves and pieces of small wood in stream. Egg capsules presumably like those of other species of Beddomeia - dome-shaped, with broad attachment base, covered with minute, mainly white sand grains and other fragments and containing a single egg. Development direct.

Distribution

Top end of Viking Creek, tributary of Wilmot River, Tasmania. Recently translocated to a nearby large stream (Richards & Hawkins, 2015).

Notes

All species of Beddomeia are geographically isolated and have restricted ranges.

This species is on the Tasmanian Threatened species list of Invertebrate Animals as Endangered.

Further reading

Ponder, W. F., Clark, G. A., Miller, A. C. & Toluzzi, A. (1993). On a major radiation of freshwater snails in Tasmania and eastern Victoria: a preliminary overview of the Beddomeia group (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 7: 501-750.  

Richards, K. & Hawkins, C. (2015). Beddomeia hermansi translocation project - Establishment report. Unpublished report to the Threatened Species Section, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart.