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Trochidrobia inflata Ponder, Hershler and Jenkins, 1989

Diagnostic features

The small umbilicus and relatively high spire distinguish this species from other species of Trochidrobia. It differs from the sympatric T. minuta in its larger size (up to 1.7 mm maximum diameter), wider umbilicus and taller spire.

Classification

Trochidrobia inflata Ponder, Hershler and Jenkins, 1989

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha 

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Trochidrobia Ponder, Hershler and Jenkins 1989

Original name: Trochidrobia inflata Ponder, Hershler and Jenkins, 1989. Ponder, W. F., Hershler, R. & Jenkins, B. (1989). An endemic radiation of hydrobiid snails from artesian springs in northern South Australia: their taxonomy, physiology, distribution and anatomy.Malacologia 31: 1-140.

Type locality: Freeling Springs, South Australia.

Biology and ecology

Shallow water in lower parts of artesian spring outflow living together with T. minuta and species of Fonscochlea.

Additional information on the biology and ecology of members of this family can be found in Fauna of Australia, vol. 5B, p. 752-755.

Distribution

Freeling Springs complex, northern part of Lake Eyre supergroup, northern South Australia.

Further reading

Ponder, W. F., Hershler, R. & Jenkins, B. (1989). An endemic radiation of Hydrobiidae from artesian springs in northern South Australia: their taxonomy, physiology, distribution and anatomy. Malacologia 31: 1-140.