The periphery is subangled to distinctly angled, with angulation in middle or slightly towards upper surface (viewed with aperture on right). Some fine axial and spiral sculpture. The shell can reach about 7mm in maximum diameter.
Original name: Planorbis meridionalis Brazier, 1875. Brazier, J. (1875). Descriptions of eight species of Australian and Tasmanian land and freshwater shells. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1: 17-20.
Type locality: Circular Head, Tasmania.
Synonym: Planorbis tasmanicus Tenison Woods, 1876; Planorbis brazieri Clessin, 1885 (in part).
This species lives on aquatic vegetation and stones in temperate ponds, streams and rivers of south-eastern Australia. Feeds on detritus. Egg mass presumably a jelly strip containing small eggs. Development direct.
Brown (1998 & 2001) described the anatomy of this species.
Tasmania, southern Victoria and south-eastern South Australia.
Brown (2001) considered that the distinct reproductive anatomy of G. meridionalis potentially justify a distinct subgeneric status for this species.
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Smith, B. J. (1992). Non-marine Mollusca. Pp. i-xii, 1-408 in W. W. K. Houston. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, 8. Canberra, Australian Government Publishing Service.
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Smith, B. J. & Kershaw, R. C. (1981). Tasmanian Land and Freshwater Molluscs. Hobart, University of Tasmania.