PORT PHILLIP BAY


Pheasant Shell 

Phasianella australis (Gmelin, 1791)

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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
Order:
Vetigastropoda
Superfamily:
Turbinoidea
Family:
Phasianellidae
Genus:
Phasianella
Species:
australis

General Description

Shell smooth with a long pointed spiral end (spire). Patterns of fine stripes and spiral bands in cream, pink, brown and red. Shell up to 6 cm long.

Biology

Pheasant Shells are one of the most beautiful shells in Victoria, with many subtle variations in their colour patterns. They graze on seaweeds and seagrasses.

Habitat

Fronds of seaweeds and seagrasses, just below low tide level.

Reefs

Seagrass meadows

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Southern Australia, including western and eastern Victoria.

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

6 cm

Diet

Herbivore

Commercial Species

No

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Species Code

MoV 4875

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, Pheasant Shell, Phasianella australis, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 19 Oct 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/10943

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