PORT PHILLIP BAY


False Limpet 

Siphonaria diemenensis Quoy & Gaimard, 1833

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Mollusca
Subphylum:
Conchifera
Superclass:
Visceroconcha
Class:
Gastropoda
Subclass:
Orthogastropoda
Superorder:
Pulmonata
Order:
Basommatophora
Superfamily:
Siphonarioidea
Family:
Siphonariidae
Genus:
Siphonaria
Species:
diemenensis

General Description

Shell conical, wider than high, with straight, white ridges that radiate from the centre to the edge. Inside of shell brown. Shell up to 3 cm long.

Biology

False Limpets belong in the group known as pulmonates, meaning "lung breathing". They trap air under their shell when water covers them during high tides so that they can still breathe. They are likely to have had terrestrial ancestors.

Habitat

Exposed rocks at all tide levels.

Reefs

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Sea snails and shells Limpets

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

3 cm

Diet

Herbivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed

Author

article author Patullo, B.

Blair Patullo is Online Producer for marine projects at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Patullo, B., 2011, False Limpet, Siphonaria diemenensis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Sep 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/10932

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