Species Images
Toheroa. 80mm
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 =

Paphies (Taria) ventricosa (Gray, 1843)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Bivalvia (Class) > Heterodonta (Subclass) > Mactroidea (Superfamily) > Mesodesmatidae (Family) > Paphies (Genus) > Taria (Subgenus)
Size/Grows to:Length 149mm, Height 91mm
Synonyms:(=Amphidesma Lamarck)
Distribution:North, South and Chatham Islands
Geographical Range:[ACF]
Toheroa. Endemic
References and Publications:
  • Weber, W.B. Oct/2013: Te Toheroa, Poirieria, 37 (p.28)
  • Stace, G. Oct/1996: An overview of the Genus Paphies in New Zealand Fossil Records, Poirieria, 19 (p.8)
  • Stace, G. Oct/1996: Distribution of Toheroa (Paphies ventricosa), Poirieria, 19 (p.31)
  • Stace, G. Oct/1995: Toheroa on Oreti Beach, Poirieria, 17(4)
  • Douglas, W.N. Jan/1983: Toheroa - A vanishing Morsus. Paphies ventricosa (Gray, 1843), Poirieria, 12(1) (p.10)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.416)
  • Greenway, J.P.C. 1969: Population surveys of toheroa (Mollusca: Eulamellibranchiata) on Northland Beaches, 1962-67, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 3(2) (p.318)
  • Gardner, E.N. Dec/1962: Amphidesma ventricosum, Poirieria, 1(2)

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

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