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Victodrobia victoriensis Ponder and Clark, 1993

Diagnostic features

Differs from other members of the genus in shell being larger, subpupiform; male genital system with vas deferens opening from prostate gland anteriorly and not twisted backwards; female genital system with distal coiled oviduct with 1-2 bends (not straight or with slight arch) and capsule gland about equal to albumen gland in length.

Classification

Victodrobia victoriensis Ponder and Clark, 1993

Class Gastropoda

Subclass Caenogastropoda

Order Littorinimorpha 

Superfamily Truncatelloidea

Family Tateidae

Genus Victodrobia Ponder & Clark, 1993

Original name: Victodrobia victoriensis 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: Headwaters of tributary of Franklin River on Boolarra Foster Road, 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. Egg capsules unknown.

Distribution

Eastern Victoria – Great Dividing Range, Dandenong Ranges and Strzelecki Ranges.

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.