Tellina cockburnensis Kendrick & Brearley, 1984:182



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Tellina spp. (part) Reath, 1925:36; Tellina spp. (part) Glauert, 1926:67; Tellina sp. Chalmer et al., 1976:391, 397; Tellina sp. Kendrick, 1977:101; Tellina (Tellinides) sp. Wells & Threlfall, 1980:131-140, tbl. 2


Conservation Status

Last record: Middle Holocene

Rediscovered as living individuals in 1956-60, prior to scientific description (Kendrick and Brearley, 1984:181)


Two living populations exist, around Cockburn Sound in the metropolitan area, and up at Shark Bay (Kendrick and Brearley, 1984).



Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: WAM 2092.82

Type locality: Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, 1.6 km north of Rockingham (lat. 32°15'32"S, long. 115°43'44"E)



WAM 604.82a

WAM 604.82b

WAM 604.82c

WAM 604.82d

WAM 604.82e

WAM 604.82f

WAM 71.769i,m

AM C133716






Original scientific description:

Kendrick, G. W. and Brearley, A. (1984). A new species of Tellina (Tellinides) (Bivalvia: Tellinidae) from Western Australia. Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia 6(3-4): 181-190.


Other references:

Chalmer, P. N., Hodgkin, E. P. and Kendrick, G. W. (1976). Benthic faunal changes in a seasonal estuary of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 4: 381-410.

Glauert, L. G. (1926 "1925"). A list of Western Australian fossils. Supplement no.1. West. Aust. Geol. Surv. Bull. 88: 36-71. [p. 67]

Kendrick, G. W. (1977). Middle Holocene marine molluscs from near Guildford, Western Australia, and evidence for climatic change. J. Roy. Soc. West. Aust. 59: 97-104.

McNamara, K. J., Long, John A. and and Brimmell, K. (1991). Catalogue of type fossils in the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement No. 39: 1-106.

Reath, J. L. (1925). The Mollusca from the sub-recent shell Formation of lower Swan River. J. Roy. Soc. West. Aust. 11: 31-41.

Wells, F. E. and Threlfall, T. J. (1980). A survey of the softbottom molluscs of Cockburn Sound, Western Australia. Veliger 23: 131-140.


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