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Phrantela kutikina Ponder & Clark, 1993

Diagnostic features

This conical species contrasts anatomically with P. daveyensis, the same differences also applying for P. richardsoni except that the bursa in P. richardsoni extends to the posterior pallial wall.

Classification

Phrantela kutikina Ponder & Clark, 1993

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha 

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Phrantela  Iredale, 1943

Original name: Phrantela kutikina Ponder & Clark, 1993 in Ponder, W. F., Clark, G. A., Miller, A. C and 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: Small creek immediately upstream from Kutikina Cave, Franklin River, Tasmania.

Biology and ecology

In leaf litter and silt. Egg capsules unknown but probably like those of another species of Phrantela; small, with single embryo, and covered in coarse sand grains. Development direct.

Distribution

This species was found in a stream close to Kutikina Cave and in the stream flowing from the cave in western Tasmania. It occurred with Phrantela umbilicata in the type locality.

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.