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Washed up on beach, near Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay, NZ. D. Houston
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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 =

Argonauta nodosus Lightfoot, 1786

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Cephalopoda (Class) > Coleoida (Subclass) > Octopoda (Order) > Argonautoidea (Superfamily) > Argonautidae (Family) > Argonauta (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Length 140mm, Width 105mm
Distribution:North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands. Also Australia. On sandy beaches
Geographical Range:KACFM
Paper Nautilus
References and Publications:
  • Spurgeon, A.M., Burch, K.W., Carson, K., Walton, K., Plaisted, J. Nov/2017: Notes on NZ Collected Species, Cookia, 29 (p.14)
  • 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.90)
  • Mienis, H.K. Nov/1998: On the Authorship of Argonauta nodosa, Poirieria, 23 (p.14)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.445)
  • Douglas, W.N. Mar/1974: The Paper Nautilus, Argonauta nodosa Soalnder, 1786, Poirieria, 7(3) (p.67)

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