Species Images
Off Raglan, West Coast. 78mm
A common carnivorous Gastropod found from low water to moderate depths
From 15 metres, off Northland east coast
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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.
K=
Kermadec Islands
A=
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
C=
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
F=
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
M=
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
An=
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
FW =
Freshwater
L =
Land
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced

Dicathais orbita (Gmelin, 1791)

Classification:Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Neogastropoda
Family:MURICIDAE: RAPANINAE
Size/Grows to:Height 110mm, Width 70mm
Distribution:Northland to northern South Island and Chatham Islands. Also Australia and Lord Howe Island
Geographical Range:K.ACM
Notes:
White Rock Shell
References and Publications:
  • Brook, F.J., Marshall, B.A. 1998: The coastal molluscan fauna of the northern Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 28 (p.224)
  • Henderson, G. Nov/1980: Items of Interest. Thais orbita (Gmelin)., Poirieria, 10(6) (p.102)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.179)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.