Teleoconch of 2.3-4.0 lightly convex whorls. Teleoconch sculpture of faint, prosocline growth lines; periphery of last whorl evenly rounded. Aperture ovate, inner lip thin and narrow externally, thickened internally, partially to completely separated from parietal wall, weak columellar swelling present or absent; outer lip slightly thickened. Umbilicus closed and usually represented by chink. There is no pallial tentacle. A small posterior caecum on the stomach is present or absent.
The shells are smaller than most other taxa in the Beddomeia group, diverse in shape, and are characterised by having a thickened columella which may bear a weak bulge and the inner lip more distinctly separated from the parietal wall than in most other members of the Beddomeia group. In addition, the outer lip is slightly thickened. This genus is separated from Beddomeia anatomically because it has the bursal characters of Phrantela, as well as the rather thin, somewhat tapering capsule gland also seen in that genus. It differs from Phrantela in having the coiled oviduct embedded in well-developed connective tissue and some other anatomical characters.
Genus Victodrobia Ponder & Clark, 1993
Original reference: Ponder, W. F., Clark, G. A., Miller, A. C. & Toluzzi, A. (1993). On a major radiation of freshwater snails in Tasmania and eastern Victoria: a preliminary overview of the Beddomeia group (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 7: 501-750.
Type locality: Tarra National Park, Victoria.
In small streams, springs, trickles and seepages. Under or on leaves, on mud.
Eastern Victoria - the Great Dividing Range, Dandenong Ranges and Strzelecki Ranges.
Beesley, P. L., Ross, G. J. B. & Wells, A., Eds. (1998). Mollusca: The Southern Synthesis. Parts A & B. Melbourne, CSIRO Publishing.
Ponder, W. F., Clark, G. A., Miller, A. C. & Toluzzi, A. (1993). On a major radiation of freshwater snails in Tasmania and eastern Victoria: a preliminary overview of the Beddomeia group (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae). Invertebrate Taxonomy 7: 501-750.
Wilke, T., Haase, M., Hershler, R., Liu, H.-P., Misof, B. & Ponder, W. (2013). Pushing short DNA fragments to the limit: Phylogenetic relationships of 'hydrobioid' gastropods (Caenogastropoda: Rissooidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 715-736.