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From off Houhora, Northland. 13mm
From about 15 metres, off Houhora Harbour, Far North. 13mm
. 13mm
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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
FW =
L =
E =
I =

Philippia lutea (Lamarck, 1822)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Heterobranchia (Subclass) > Architectonicoidea (Superfamily) > Architectonicidae (Family) > Philippia (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Height 13mm, Width 12mm
Distribution:Northland to Bay of Plenty and Mahia. Recently also recorded just north of Castlepoint
Geographical Range:[AC]
References and Publications:
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W., Raven, J.L., Foreman, G.A., Grenfell, H.R. 2006: Intertidal and shallow subtidal biota of Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 43 (p.34)
  • Bieler, R. 1993: Architectonicidae of the Indo-Pacific (Mollusca, Gastropoda), Abhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg (NF), 30 (p.110)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.248)

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