Species Images
Found buried in mud, often around Zostera (sea-grass) flats. 42mm
Collected 21 Sep 1990, off Wairau, Cloudy Bay, NZ. (M.111806). 45mm. © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa CC BY-NC-ND
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

Solemya (Zesolemya) parkinsonii E.A.Smith, 1874

Classification:Bivalvia - Protobranchia - Solemyoida
Family:SOLEMYIDAE: SOLEMYINAE
Size/Grows to:Length 84mm, Height 30mm
Distribution:North, South and Stewart. Low tide to over 180 metres in soft mud or silt
Geographical Range:ACFE.
Notes:
Razor Mussel
References and Publications:
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.363)
  • Wolf, E. Dec/1977: Notes of Interest: Re Solemya parkinsoni (E.A. Smith), Poirieria, 9(3) (p.52)

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