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Blue Australwink Nodilittorina unifasciata


Photo of Blue AustralwinksThe Blue Australwink has a small shell which is turban shaped with 5-7 rounded whorls. The body whorl is partly keeled.

The sculpture is of very fine spiral striations. The base is slightly flattened. It also has a flattened columella.

The aperture is oval and is covered with a thick, chitonous operculum.


Shell greyish-blue with brown apex. A dark band circles the middle of the body whorl. The aperture is brown with a white band near its base. The interior and columella are brown.




Grey, 1826




10-20 mm length


Distribution map of the Blue AustralwinkThe Blue Australwink ranges from southern Queensland, down New South Wales, across Victoria, South Australia and north to North West Cape, Western Australia.

It occurs generally throughout southern Australia south of the Tropic of Capricorn. It is very rare or even absent across the Great Australian Bite.


The Blue Australwink is found at and above high tide levels, often in large numbers, clustered on exposed rocks and rock faces.


Photo of juvenile Blue AustralwinksJuvenile Blue Australwinks are often found clustered together, low on the shore. But as they grow in size they migrate further and further up the shore, to sometimes quite high levels far above high tide level into the spray region. Here they tend to live a more solitary life, although they do congregate around moist cracks, or under shelter. It feeds on lichens.

The Blue Australwink breeds throughout the year. Formerly known as Littorina mauritiana (Lamarck, 1822), Banded Periwinkle, Melaraphe, Littorina, Austrolittorina. The Blue Australwink is a herbivore.


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