Stenothyra has an ovately conical shell, with rounded to bluntly angled inflation of the last whorl, dorsoventrally compressed; sutures moderately indented, upper whorls slightly convex; non-umbilicate; pale brown. Sculpture of spiral rows of pits or spiral lirae to smooth. Outer lip prosocline; last whorl restricted in size so that it is smaller than the penultimate whorl, the aperture is small and almost circular. Operculum with two parallel ridges. Animal with short trunk and narrow tentacles. Front of foot is bi-lobed.
Stenothyra paludicola topendensis is distinguished from S. paludicola paludicola by its unsculptured, glossy shell with more convex upper whorls. It is more similar to S. paludicola timorensis but has a slightly taller spire. It is also geographically isolated from the other subspecies of S. paludicola.
Stenothyra paludicola topendensis Golding, 2014
Original name: Stenothyra paludicola topendensis Golding, 2014. Golding, R. E. (2014). Molecular phylogeny and systematics of Australian and East Timorese Stenothyridae (Caenogastropoda: Truncatelloidea). Molluscan Research 34: 102–126.
Type locality: Swamp 2.7 km ENE from Black Point Range Station, south of the airstrip, Cobourg Peninsula, NorthernTerritory.
Northern Territory; between the western coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, through Arnhem Land and Kakadu, to the Cobourg Peninsula.
The typical S. paludicola paludicola Benthem Jutting, 1963 occurs in Papua while another subspecies, S. p. timorensis Golding, 2014 occurs in East Timor.
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