Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Species Arca navicularis Bruguière, 1789

Indo-Pacific Ark, Navicula Ark, Ship-Like Ark

Compiler and date details

December 2010 - Peter U. Middelfart, Winston F. Ponder & Des Beechey, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia

August 2002 - Peter U. Middelfart, Australian Museum, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy




New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

Indo-West Pacific

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Timor Transition (1), Northern Shelf Province (25), Northwest Shelf Transition (26), Northwest Shelf Province (27), Central Eastern Shelf Province (38), Central Eastern Shelf Transition (39), Northeast Shelf Province (40), Northeast Shelf Transition (41)

Ecological Descriptors

Continental shelf, coral, marine, rocks, shelly bottom, subtidal.


General References

Allan, J.K. 1950. Australian shells: with related animals living in the sea, in freshwater and on the land. Melbourne : Georgian House xix, 470 pp., 45 pls, 112 text figs. [256, text fig. 5]

Bernard, F.R., Cai, Y.Y. & Morton, B. 1993. Catalogue of the Living Marine Bivalve Molluscs of China. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press 121 pp. [21]

Coleman, N. 1981. What shell is that? Sydney : Lansdowne Press, Sydney 308 pp. [181, fig. 514]

Hedley, C. 1916. A preliminary index of the Mollusca of Western Australia. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Western Australia 1: 152-226 [154]

Huber, M. 2010. Compendium of Bivalves. A full-color guide to 3,300 of the world's marine bivalves. A status on Bivalvia after 250 years of research. Hackenheim, Germany : ConchBooks 901 pp., 1 CD-ROM. [129, text fig; 559-560]

Kilburn, R.N. 1983. The recent Arcidae (Mollusca: Bivalvia) of southern Africa and Mozambique. Annals of the Natal Museum 25(2): 511-548 [513, fig. 1] (synonymy)

Lamprell, K. & Healy, J. 1998. Bivalves of Australia. Leiden : Backhuys Publishers Vol. 2 288 pp. [44, fig. 50] (synonymy)

McMichael, D.F. 1960. Shells of the Australian sea-shore. Brisbane : Jacaranda Press 127 pp., 287 figs. [Date published December] [18, fig. 4]

Odhner, N.H. 1917. Results of Dr E. Mjöbergs Swedish scientific expeditions to Australia. 1910–1913, pt XVII, Mollusca. Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps-Academiens Nya Handlingar, Stockholm 52(16): 1–115 pls 1–3 [Date published 19 Sept. 1917] [21]

Oliver, P.G. 1992. Bivalved Seashells of the Red Sea. Wiesbaden : Verlage Christa Hemmen 330 pp. [33] (general information on species)

Oostingh, C.H. 1935. Die mollusken des Pliozäns von Boeniajoe (Java). Wetenschappelijke Mededelingen, Bandoeng, Dienst van de Mijnbouw in Nederlandsch-Indië 26: 1-247 [125] (bibliography)

Pritchard, G.B. & Gatliff, J.H. 1904. Catalogue of the Marine Shells of Victoria. Part VIII. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria n.s. 17(1): 220-266 [240] (General reference)

Smith, E.A. 1884. Mollusca. pp. 34–116, 487–508, 657–659, pls 4–7. In, Report on the Zoological Collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of the H.M.S. 'Alert ' 1881-2. London : British Museum Trustees, printed by Taylor & Francis. [Part I. Collections of Melanesia, pp. 34–116; Part II. Collections from the Western Indian Ocean, pp. 487–508; explanation of plates pp. 657–659] [109] (General reference)

Smith, E.A. 1885. Report on the Lamellibranchiata collected by H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 13(35): 1-341, 25 pls [259] (General Reference)

Tate, R. 1887. A revision of the Recent lamellibranch and palliobranch Mollusca of South Australia. Transactions and Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of South Australia 9: 76-111 [102] (General reference)

Wells, F.E. & Bryce, C.W. 1986. Seashells of Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 207 pp. [148, fig. 553]

Wells, F.E. & Bryce, C.W. 1986. Seashells of Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 207 pp. [148] (General reference)

Wilson, B. 2002. A handbook to Australian seashells on seashores east to west and north to south. Sydney : Reed New Holland 185 pp. [34, fig. opposite]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
22-Aug-2023 BIVALVIA 22-Aug-2023 MOVED Mr Des Beechey Ingo Burghardt Ms Anouk Mututantri (AM)
28-Jul-2014 28-Jul-2014 MOVED
29-Jan-2013 08-Jul-2014 MODIFIED
07-Aug-2012 14-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
07-Aug-2012 01-Oct-2010 MODIFIED
15-Sep-2010 MODIFIED