Animal Species:Sydney Mud Whelk

The Sydney Mud Whelk is a large snail with a long, spiral shell found abundantly in mangroves and estuaries of Sydney.

Sydney Mud Whelks on beach

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Sydney Mud Whelk

Identification

The Sydney Mud Whelk is a large snail with a long, spiral shell.

Size range

11 cm

Distribution

The Sydney Mud Whelk is found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Habitat

Sydney Mud Whelks live in intertidal mangroves and estuaries.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Sydney Mud Whelk crawls through the mud and feeds on detritus, leaving a trail in the mud as it goes.

Classification

Species:
ebeninus
Genus:
Pyrazus
Family:
Thiaridae
Class:
Gastropoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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