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Pseudopotamis semoni Martens, 1894

Diagnostic features

This species has a black, trunk-like shell with rounded whorls and prominent spiral grooves over the whorl surface.


Pseudopotamis semoni Martens, 1894

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Cerithiomorpha

Superfamily Cerithioidea

Family Pachychilidae

Genus Pseudopotamus Martens, 1894

Original name: Pseudopotamus semoni Martens, 1894. Martens, E. C. von (1894). Mollusken. Denkschriften der Medicinisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft zu Jena 8(1): 81-96, plate 4.

Type locality: Hammond Island, Torres Strait, Queensland.

Biology and ecology

Lives in freshwater ponds.


Hammond Island, Torres Strait, Queensland.

Further reading

Glaubrecht, M. & Rintelen, T., von (2003). Systematics, molecular genetics and historical zoogeography of the viviparous freshwater gastropod Pseudopotamis (Cerithioidea, Pachychilidae): a relic on the Torres Strait Islands, Australia. Zoologica Scripta 32: 415-435.

Iredale, T. (1943). A basic list of the fresh water Mollusca of Australia. Australian Zoologist 10: 188-230.

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.