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Austropeplea sp. (genus)

1 Freshwater snail at Bolaro, NSW

Austropeplea sp. (genus) at Bolaro, NSW - 25 Nov 2020
Austropeplea sp. (genus) at Bolaro, NSW - 25 Nov 2020
Austropeplea sp. (genus) at Bolaro, NSW - 25 Nov 2020
Austropeplea sp. (genus) at Bolaro, NSW - 25 Nov 2020
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Identification history

Austropeplea sp. (genus) 8 Dec 2020 michaelb
Austropeplea 7 Dec 2020 DavidMcKay

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Author's notes

This small (12-18mm) snail came from a creek that runs into the Murrumbidgee near Adaminaby. The creek runs only after rain, but small pools and soaks persist in most years. These snails seem to appear in pools in years of higher rainfall. Clearly this is mollusc. With no expertise I tried the Australian Freshwater Mollusc Interactive Key. After several runs my best guess would be an Austropeplea, Family Lymnaeidae. As these snails include some that may be in the liver fluke cycle, I tried the NSW Department of primary Industries (DPI) publication, “Identifying liver fluke snails”. This was useful as it could eliminate some similar snails which left Austropeplea tomentosa as the most likely of the fluke snails. The description given by the DPI for Austropeplea tomentosa is, clockwise, operculum absent, flat triangular tentacles, 4-12mm size and a grey to yellowish foot that extends well out of the shell that has 3- 4 whorls. This is a fair description of the snail in the photographs. The DPI describe the preferred environment for Austropeplea tomentosa as “trickling creeks flowing from hillside springs and soaks”) which fits well. Identification would require an expert. My attempt to identify this snail is an inexpert guess but as it might be an indigenous species, I have posted the photographs hoping there might be some comment and a better ID.

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michaelb wrote:
   8 Dec 2020
We have no experts on molluscs. Your suggestion seems very reasonable. See:
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:71944d92-f145-4a23-aa8d-8364fbaad1dd

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Chenopodium glaucum (Oakleaf Goosefoot, Glaucous Goosefoot) at Bolaro, NSW - 17 Dec 2020 by DavidMcKay
Echinopogon sp. (genus) (Hedgehog Grass) at Bolaro, NSW - 12 May 2020 by DavidMcKay
Glossostigma diandrum (Spoon-leaf Mud-mat) at Bolaro, NSW - 26 Mar 2019 by DavidMcKay
Epilobium sp. (A Willow Herb) at Bolaro, NSW - 25 Mar 2019 by DavidMcKay
Myriophyllum alpinum (Alpine Water-milfoil) at Bolaro, NSW - 23 Mar 2019 by David McKay
Sagina namadgi (Native pearlwort) at Bolaro, NSW - 20 Jan 2019 by DavidMcKay
Lilaeopsis polyantha (Lilaeopsis) at Bolaro, NSW - 20 Jan 2019 by DavidMcKay
Lagenophora montana (Mountain Lagenifera) at Bolaro, NSW - 20 Jan 2019 by DavidMcKay
Veronica arvensis (Wall Speedwell) at Bolaro, NSW - 6 Dec 2018 by David McKay
Isolepis subtilissima (Dwarf Clubsedge) at Bolaro, NSW - 30 Jan 2018 by David McKay
Lagenophora montana (Mountain Lagenifera) at Bolaro, NSW - 28 Jan 2018 by DavidMcKay
Linaria arvensis (Corn Toadflax) at Bolaro, NSW - 28 Nov 2017 by DavidMcKay
Delena cancerides (Social Huntsman Spider) at Bolaro, NSW - 13 Aug 2017 by DavidMcKay
Antechinus agilis (Agile Antechinus) at Bolaro, NSW - 13 Aug 2017 by DavidMcKay
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Leptospermum grandifolium (Woolly Teatree, Mountain Tea-tree) at Bolaro, NSW - 12 Aug 2017 by DavidMcKay
Solenogyne gunnii (Hairy Solenogyne) at Bolaro, NSW - 9 May 2017 by DavidMcKay
Sagina namadgi (Native pearlwort) at Bolaro, NSW - 8 May 2017 by DavidMcKay
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Drabastrum alpestre (Mountain cress) at Bolaro, NSW - 14 Nov 2016 by DavidMcKay

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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