ARCIDAE (Ark Cockles)

ARCIDAE (Ark Cockles)

Anadara trapezia (Mud Ark, Ark Cockle) Ark cockles (Ark Shells) are both marine and estuarine, preferring estuarine tidal flats and seagrass beds. They range from Fraser Island on the southern Queensland coastline, southward through southern coastal waters. They grow...
ANOMIIDAE (Jingle Shells)

ANOMIIDAE (Jingle Shells)

Patro australis These bivalves attach themselves to hard objects, usually rocks, sometimes other shells, by means of threads (byssus) that extend from a hole in the lower valve. The upper valve is concave, while the lower is flatter. The shell is translucent and...
BATILLARIIDAE (Mud Creepers and Whelks)

BATILLARIIDAE (Mud Creepers and Whelks)

Pyrazus ebeninus (Mud Whelk) Pyrazus ebeninus (Club or Mud Whelk) ranges from northern Queensland to Lakes Entrance, Victoria. Found in large numbers on muddy estuarine flats. Collected by the crew of the Endeavour in 1770. Large, elongate, turreted shell to 90mm with...
BULLIDAE (Bubble Shells)

BULLIDAE (Bubble Shells)

Bulla ampulla (Bubble Snail) Bulla is a genus of gastropod molluscs, the only member of the family Bullidae which is the only member of the superfamily Bulloidea. The genus consists of herbivorous marine snails belonging to the headshield slugs of the suborder...
CARDIIDAE (Heart Cockles)

CARDIIDAE (Heart Cockles)

Vepricardium multispinosum (A Heart Cockle) Cardiidae are one of the largest and best-known bivalve families with over 200 living species and many more fossil forms. Characterised by strong, compact, completely symmetrical and equal sized heart-shaped valves. This...
CASSIDAE (Helmets and Bonnets)

CASSIDAE (Helmets and Bonnets)

Phalium areola (Checkerboard Bonnet) Cassidae are large or medium size shells characterised by a thickened and recurved outer lip forming a prominent helmet-like rim. There are eighty or more living species in warm waters around the world. Often washed up on sandy...