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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.
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
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced

Argonauta argo Linnaeus, 1758

Classification:Cephalopoda - Coleoida - Octopoda
Family:ARGONAUTIDAE
Size/Grows to:Length 150mm, Width 125mm
Distribution:Worldwide. Northern part of North Island, Northland to Mahia, and down to Waikanae. On sandy beaches
Geographical Range:K.AC
Notes:
Paper Nautilus
References and Publications:
  • Woods, K. Nov/2002: Argonaut, Cookia, 13 (p.55)
  • O'Shea, S. 1999: The Marine Fauna of New Zealand: Octopoda (Mollusca: Cephalopoda), NIWA Biodiversity Memoir, Wellington, 112 (p.87)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.444)

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