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Gyraulus (Gyraulus) edgbastonensis Brown, 2001

Diagnostic features

The depressed, acutely angular, strongly keeled dark brown shell of G. edgbastonensis with rapidly increasing whorls is distinct from other Gyraulus species in Australia. The strong keel is present even in juveniles.

Classification

Gyraulus (Gyraulus) edgbastonensis Brown, 2001

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Heterobranchia

Order Hygrophila

Superfamily Planorboidea

Family Planorbidae

Genus Gyraulus Charpentier, 1837

Original name: Gyraulus (Gyraulus) edgbastonensis Brown, 2001. Brown, D. S. (2001). Freshwater snails of the genus Gyraulus (Planorbidae) in Australia: taxa of the mainland. Molluscan Research 21: 17-107.

Type locality: "Big Spring", about 31 km north-east of Aramac and about 3 km south-east of "Edgbaston" homestead, Queensland.

Biology and ecology

Lives in artesian springs at Edgbaston Station, central western Queensland.

Brown (2001), described the anatomy of this species.

Distribution

Egbaston Springs, near Aramac, central Queensland.

Notes

 One of several endemic snails from Edgbaston Springs in western Queensland.

Further reading

Brown, D. S. (2001). Freshwater snails of the genus Gyraulus (Planorbidae) in Australia: taxa of the mainland. Molluscan Research 21: 17-107.

Hubendick, B. (1955). Phylogeny of the Planorbidae. Transactions of the Zoological Society of London 28: 453-542.