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Reotahi, Whangarei Heads. 40mm
Holotype of Ostrea aupouria Dinamani, 1981, collected 09 Aug 1979, Parekura Bay, Bay of Islands. (M.067817). 45mm. © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa CC BY-NC-ND
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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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Ostrea capsa Fischer von Waldheim, 1807

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Bivalvia (Class) > Pteriomorphia (Subclass) > Ostreida (Order) > Ostreoidea (Superfamily) > Ostreidae (Family) > Ostrea (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Length 45mm, Width 30mm
Synonyms:(=Tiostrea Chanley & Dinamani,1980)
(=aupouria Dinamani, =stentina Payraudeau)
Distribution:Northland to Raglan and Hauraki Gulf
Geographical Range:[AC]
Weakly sculptured, and found in lower tidal zone than S.glomerata
References and Publications:
  • Marshall, B.A., Spencer, H.G. 2013: Comments on some taxonomic changes affecting marine Bivalvia of the New Zealand region recently introduced in Huber's Compendium of bivalves, with some additional taxonomic changes, Molluscan Research, 33(1) (p.42)
  • Dinamani, P. 1981: Description of a new species of incubatory oyster from northern New Zealand, with notes on its ecology and reproduction, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 15 (p.110)

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