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Trochidrobia punicea Ponder, Hershler and Jenkins, 1989

Diagnostic features

Shell with short spire and open umbilicus; reaches 2.2 mm in maximum diameter.  This species and Trochidrobia smithi are virtually identical in shell characters but differ anatomically. They are sympatric in only a few springs.

Classification

Trochidrobia punicea 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 punicea 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: Blanche Cup Spring, South Australia.

Biology and ecology

Shallow water in lower parts of artesian spring outflow living together with 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

The Southern and Middle Artesian Spring systems of 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.