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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 - Neogastropoda - Family: Volutidae

Volutidae: Volutinae


Genus: Lyria

Lyria insignita Iredale, 1940 (=nucelus Brook & B.Marshall not Lamarck)
Height 30mm, Width 15mm
Kermadec Islands, in shallow water on sand [K.]

Volutidae: Calliotectinae


Genus: Calliotectum

Calliotectum egregium Bouchet & Poppe, 1995
Height 126.5mm, Width 38.5mm
SW Pacific 500-1060 metres .Off New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands, Vanuatu and Kermadec Islands [K.]

Volutidae: Zidoninae


Genus: Alcithoe

Alcithoe albescens Bail & Limpus, 2005
Height 40.8mm, Width 17.8mm, Endemic
Trawled off Ahipara, Northland, around 500 metres [AE.]
Alcithoe arabica (Gmelin, 1791) (=depressa Suter, =swainsoni Marwick, =rossiteri Brazier)
Height 200mm, Width 88mm, Arabic Volute. Endemic
North, South and Stewart Islands [ACFE.]
Alcithoe benthicola (Dell, 1963)
Height 250mm, Width 140mm, Endemic
Off Northland east coast to Bay of Plenty, Aldermen Islands and White Island. Trawled from 400-800 metres on muddy substrate [AE.]
Alcithoe colesae Bail & Limpus, 2005
Length 84mm, Width 32.8mm, Endemic
South Island. Puysegur Bank 164 metres [FE.]
Alcithoe davegibbsi (Hart, 1999)
Height 55mm, Width 26mm, Endemic
Off Spirits Bay, Far North. Also a worn specimen found dredged off Pakiri [AE.]
Alcithoe fissurata (Dell, 1963)
Height 195mm, Width 70mm, Endemic
Cape Brett, Northland east coast to Bay of Plenty. Trawled from around 350-700 metres [AE.]
Alcithoe fissurata crassa Bail & Limpus, 2005
Height 170mm, Width 68mm, Endemic
Off Three Kings Islands. In cray pots around 50-80 metres [AE.]
Alcithoe fissurata elegans Bail & Limpus, 2005
Height 190mm, Width 75mm, Endemic
Ahipara to Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North. Trawled from around 250-320 metres [AE.]
Alcithoe flemingi Dell, 1978
Height 100mm, Width 32mm, Endemic
Chatham Rise, off Auckland and Campbell Islands [FMAnE.]
Alcithoe fusus (Quoy & Gaimard, 1833) (=haurakiensis Dell, =hedleyi Murdoch & Suter)
Height 75mm, Width 30mm, Endemic
North Island and South Island to Otago. In shallow water to about 50 fathoms [ACFE.]
Alcithoe jaculoides Powell, 1924 (=calva Powell,1928)
Height 160mm, Width 60mm, Endemic
East coast of North and South Island, from Otago to Three Kings Islands, and off the Ninety Mile Beach [ACFE.]
Alcithoe larochei Marwick, 1926
Height 120mm, Width 55mm, Endemic
North Island. East Cape to Cape Campbell and Cook Strait [ACE.]
Height 216mm, Endemic
South Island. Hokitika to Westport [CE.]
Alcithoe lutea (Watson, 1882)
Height 70mm, Width 32mm, Endemic
Endemic to the Challenger Plateau and vicinity, 400-600 metres [CE.]
Alcithoe pseudolutea Bail & Limpus, 2005
Height 78mm, Width 35mm, Endemic
East of Aldermen Islands, Bay of Plenty, to Chatham Rise [ACME.]
Alcithoe seelyeorum Bail & Limpus, 2005
Height 190mm, Width 75mm, Endemic
Between Three Kings Islands & North Cape. In craypots around 60-80 metres [AE.]
Alcithoe tigrina Bail & Limpus, 2005
Height 110mm, Width 50mm, Endemic
Bay of Plenty to Mahia. Trawled around 100-600 metres [AE.]
Alcithoe triregensis Bail & Limpus, 2005
Length 69.8mm, Width 21.4mm, Endemic. Characterised by incised protoconch and glossy surface
Middlesex Bank, NW of Three Kings Islands 246-291 metres [AE.]
Alcithoe wilsonae (Powell, 1933) (=acuminata Bail & Limpus, =chathamensis Dell, =grahami Powell, =knoxi Dell, =smithi Powell)
Height 90mm, Width 35mm, Endemic
Off eastern Otago, Chatham Rise and Auckland Islands to Campbell Plateau, 50-580 metres [CFMAnE.]

Genus: Provocator (Iredalina)

Height 155mm, Width 50mm, Endemic. White form occurs rarely off Auckland Islands
Off East Coast of North and South Island, and subantarctic islands [ACFMAnE.]

Genus: Zygomelon

Zygomelon zodion Harasewych & Marshall, 1995
Height 75mm, Width 34mm, Endemic
Off SE New Zealand. Bounty Plateau & Trough, 734-1386 metres [MAnE.]