Pyrazus ebeninus Click to enlarge image
Sydney Mud Whelk, Pyrazus ebeninus Image: Dr Isobel Bennett
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    ebeninus
    Genus
    Pyrazus
    Family
    Thiaridae
    Class
    Gastropoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    11 cm

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

Identification

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

Habitat

Sydney Mud Whelks live in intertidal mangroves and estuaries.

Distribution

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

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.