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Parengarenga Harbour, Far North. 53mm
The common Bubble Shell. 36mm
Alive in shallow rock pools at low tide. Far North, NZ. 15mm
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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 =
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
I =

Bulla quoyii Gray in Dieffenbach, 1843

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Heterobranchia (Subclass) > Cephalaspidea (Order) > Bulloidea (Superfamily) > Bullidae (Family) > Bulla (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Height 66mm, Width 37mm
Distribution:North Island and Kermadec Islands
Geographical Range:KAC
Brown Bubble Shell. Presence of spiral striations around base
References and Publications:
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W. 2015: Intertidal records of 'sea slugs' (nudibranchs and allied opisthobranch gastropods) from northern North Island, New Zealand, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 50 (p.57)
  • Malaquias, M.A.E., Reid, D.G. 2008: Systematic revision of the living species of Bullidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cephalaspidea), with a molecular phylogenetic analysis, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 153(3) (p.524)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.275)
  • Willan, R.C. 1978: The nomenclature of three Pacific Bulla species, Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia, 4(1) (p.58)

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