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Victodrobia burni Ponder and Clark, 1993

Diagnostic features

Differs from other members of the genus in shell being depressed pupiform with thicker inner lip of aperture; pallial cavity with rudimentary ctenidium; anus well back from pallial edge; and stomach lacks caecum.

Classification

Victodrobia burni Ponder and Clark, 1993

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha 

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Victodrobia Ponder & Clark, 1993

Original name: Victodrobia burni Ponder and Clark, 1993 in 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.

Biology and ecology

In small streams and seeps crawling on litter and sediment. Can be locally abundant. Assumed to feed by scraping bacteria and microalgae. Lay solitary capsules containing a single egg. Egg capsules lenticular with a broad base, covered with sand grains. Direct development.

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

Eastern Victoria – Great Dividing Range, Dandenong Ranges and Strzelecki Ranges. (eg. Bulga Nat. Park, Tarra Valley Nat. Park etc.)

Notes

Sympatric with V. elongata  in one locality.

Further reading

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.