PORT PHILLIP BAY


Lineated Cominella 

Cominella lineolata (Lamarck, 1809)

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Scientific Details

See below for information.

Source: Museum Victoria (2006) Melbourne's wildlife: a field guide to the fauna of greater Melbourne. Museum Victoria and CSIRO Publishing.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Mollusca
Subphylum:
Conchifera
Superclass:
Visceroconcha
Class:
Gastropoda
Subclass:
Orthogastropoda
Superorder:
Caenogastropoda
Order:
Sorbeoconcha
Suborder:
Hypsogastropoda
Infraorder:
Neogastropoda
Superfamily:
Buccinoidea
Family:
Buccinidae
Subfamily:
Buccininae
Genus:
Cominella
Subgenus:
Cominella
Species:
lineolata

General Description

Shell smooth or slightly bumpy. Pattern varies, usually cream to light green with wide dashed brown or black lines around the shell (forming chequered, striped or blotched patterns). Shell up to 3 cm long.

Biology

These snails use a long proboscis to probe into dead prey for food. Females lay egg masses of tulip-shaped eggs on short stalks.

Habitat

Rock pools, under rocks and on sand.

Reefs

Soft substrates

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Australia.

Species Group

Sea snails and shells Snails

Depth

Shore (0-1 m)
Shallow (1-30 m)

Water Column

On or near sea floor

Max Size

3 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 4812

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, Lineated Cominella, Cominella lineolata, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 25 Nov 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/10935

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