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Key to Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
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Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Hypsogastropoda - Family: Ranellidae

Ranellidae: Ranellinae


Genus: Argobuccinum

Argobuccinum pustulosum (Solander in Lightfoot, 1786) (=tumidum Dunker,1862)
Height 115mm, Width 80mm
North, South, Stewart, Chatham, Snares and Auckland Islands. Low tide to about 75 fathoms, more common in south [ACFMAn]

Genus: Fusitriton

Fusitriton magellanicus laudandus Finlay, 1926 (=retiolus Hedley)
Height 157mm, Width 72mm
North, South, Chatham and Auckland Islands. Approx 20 to over 300 fathoms [ACFMAn]

Genus: Ranella

Ranella australasia (Perry, 1811) (=blacki Powell =vossi Powell)
Height 123mm, Width 71mm, Australasian Trumpet
Australia, New Zealand, Kermadec Islands, and South Africa. In Australia, from Tin Can Bay, Qld, to Houtman Abrolhos, WA, including Tasmania. NZ North, South and Chatham Islands [K.ACFM]
Ranella olearium (Linnaeus, 1758)
Height 200mm, Width 100mm
Off North, South and Chatham Islands [ACFM]

Ranellidae: Cymatiinae


Genus: Cabestana

Cabestana spengleri (Perry, 1811)
Length 188mm, Width 115mm, Spenglers Trumpet
North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands. Low tide to about 15 fathoms. Also from Australia and Kermadec Islands [K.ACFM]
Cabestana tabulata (Menke, 1843) (=waterhousei A.Adams & Angas, =otagoensis Powell)
Height 91mm, Width 52mm
North, South and Chatham Islands from low tide to about 25 fathoms. Also Australia and Kermadec Islands [K.ACFM]

Genus: Charonia

Charonia lampas (Perry, 1811) (=capax Finlay, =rubicunda Perry)
Height 310mm, Width 150mm, Large Trumpet
North, South and Stewart and Chatham Islands. Low tide to about 80 fathoms [K.ACFM]
Charonia tritonis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Indo-Pacific, East Africa to Polynesia, Hawaiian Islands, northern Australia, Kermadecs, Occasional empty shells wash ashore on Northland east coast beaches, but not taken alive [K.A]

Genus: Linatella

Linatella caudata Gmelin, 1791 (=cutacea Lamarck, =cingulata Lamarck)
Length 100mm, 50mm (NZ specimens)
Northland. Occasionally empty shells washed up on east coast beaches [A]

Genus: Monoplex

Monoplex exaratus (Reeve, 1844)
Height 50mm, Width 30mm
Northland east coast [K.AC]
Monoplex nicobaricus (Röding, 1798)
Kermadec Islands. Dead specimens from intertidal to 15 metres [K.]
Monoplex parthenopeus (von Salis, 1793)
Height 130mm, Width 75mm, Hairy Trumpet
North, South and Chatham Islands. Also Australia [K.ACFM]

Genus: Ranularia

Ranularia dunkeri (Lischke, 1868) (=iredalei Beu)
Height 97mm, Width 52mm
Central Indo-Pacific, Kermadec Islands [K.]

Genus: Sassia

Sassia kampyla (Watson, 1883)
Height 54mm, Width 27mm
Off Cook Strait and East Coast of South Island to Foveaux Strait and Chatham Rise, New Zealand. Also off Eastern Australia [ACFMAn]
Sassia kampyla tomlini (Powell, 1955)
Height 42mm, Width 21mm
Macquarie Island, 69 metres [An]
Sassia palmeri (Powell, 1976)
Height 55mm, Width 25mm, Endemic
Off Northland east coast, approx. 40-120 metres [K.AE.]
Sassia parkinsonia (Perry, 1811)
Height 58mm, Width 29mm
Northland to Bay of Plenty. Below low water to about 20 metres [K.AC]
Sassia remensa (Iredale, 1936) (=marshalli Beu)
Length 40mm, Width 18mm
Eastern Australia, New Zealand, and from deep sea dredging around New Caledonia, Vanuatu and in the Coral Sea. Northern NZ to Bay of Plenty in deep water (300-400 metres) [K.A]

Genus: Turritriton

Turritriton labiosus (Wood, 1828)
Height 25mm, Width 15mm
Off Northland east coast. Also Indo-West Pacific, Japan, Philippines, Fiji, Australia, Kermadec Islands [K.A]