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Amalda australis
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A shell of Amalda australis
Scientific classification
Synonyms
  • Amalda (Baryspira) australis (G. B. Sowerby I, 1830)· accepted, alternate representation
  • Amalda waikopiroensis (Suter, 1917)
  • Ancillaria australis G.B. Sowerby I, 1830 (original combination)
  • Ancillaria pyramidalis Reeve, 1864
  • Baryspira australis (G.B. Sowerby I, 1830)
  • Baryspira australis epacra Olson, 1956

Amalda australis, common name the southern olive, is a medium-sized sea snail, a gastropod mollusc of the family Ancillariidae. These predatory snails live in the inter-tidal sand, an environment that lends itself to high probability of fossilization. Amalda australis fossils date back to the Pliocene and reveal morphological stasis.

Distribution

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A live Amalda australis collected from seagrass bed at Kohimarama Beach, Auckland

This marine species is endemic to New Zealand.

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