Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Musculus (Modiolarca) coenobitus (Vaillant, 1865)

Compiler and date details

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

Generic Combinations

  • Musculus (Modiolarca) coenobitus (Vaillant, 1865).


Miscellaneous Literature Names

  • Modiolaria marmorata auctt. [misidentication; non Forbes 1838].



Extra Distribution Information

Northern Australia, Arafura Sea; 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)

Ecological Descriptors


Extra Ecological Information

Depth: continental shelf, to 40m; substrate: rocks, in ascidians and rocks.


General References

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. [34]

Hedley, C. 1906. The Mollusca of Mast Head Reef, Capricorn Group, Queensland. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 31(3): 453-479, pls 36-37 [464] (as M. cuneata)

Hedley, C. 1918. A checklist of the marine fauna of New South Wales. Part 1. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 51: M1–M120 [M11] (as M. cuneatus)

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.

Lamprell, K. & Healy, J. 1998. Bivalves of Australia. Leiden : Backhuys Publishers Vol. 2 288 pp. [88, fig. 200]

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 [254] (as M. cuneata)

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 [278, pl. 16, fig. 7, 7a] (as M. cuneata)

Whitelegge, T. 1889. List of the Marine and Freshwater Invertebrate Fauna of Port Jackson and the Neighbourhood. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales 23: 163-323 [244] (as M. cuneata)


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)
01-Sep-2012 01-Sep-2012 MOVED
22-Sep-2010 22-Sep-2010 MOVED
20-Sep-2010 16-Sep-2010 MOVED
27-May-2013 16-Sep-2010 MODIFIED
11-Aug-2010 MODIFIED