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Trochidrobia minuta Ponder, Hershler and Jenkins, 1989

Diagnostic features

This is the smallest species of Trochidrobia, reaching only 1.2 mm in maximum diameter. It has a wider umbilicus and flatter spire than the sympatric T. inflata.

Classification

Trochidrobia minuta 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 minuta 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 artesian spring outflows living together with T. inflata 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

Found in the Northern Springs and 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.