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From Porirua, Wellington. Found living from below low tide. 106mm
From off Bream Bay, Whangarei. 151mm
swainsoni form - Extinct form off the Three Kings Islands. 179mm
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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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Alcithoe arabica (Gmelin, 1791)

Classification:Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Neogastropoda
Size/Grows to:Height 200mm, Width 88mm
Synonyms:(=Leporemax Iredale, =Pachymelon Marwick, =Palomelon Finlay, =Teremelon Marwick, =Waihaoia Marwick)
(=depressa Suter, =swainsoni Marwick, =rossiteri Brazier)
Distribution:North, South and Stewart Islands
Geographical Range:ACF
Arabic Volute. Endemic
References and Publications:
  • Grant-Mackie, J.A. Dec/2011: A Fossil Egg Case of Alcithoe arabica from the Whanganui Pleistocene, Poirieria, 36 (p.10)
  • Horne, C. Jul/2005: Observations on Alcithoe arabica at Bucklands Beach, Poirieria, 31 (p.21)
  • Bail, P., Limpus, A. 2005: A Conchological Iconography 11, The Recent Volutes of New Zealand, with a revision of the genus Alcithoe H. & A. Adams, 1853, ConchBooks, Hackenheim, Germany (p.19)
  • Beu, A.G., Maxwell, P.A. 1990: Cenozoic Mollusca of New Zealand, New Zealand Geological Survey, 58 (p.366)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.211)

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