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

Enteroctopus zealandicus Benham, 1944

Classification:Cephalopoda - Coleoida - Octopoda
Family:OCTOPODIDAE
Size/Grows to:Length 140cm
Synonyms:(=cordiformis Filhol not Quoy & Gaimand, =maorum of authors not Hutton, =dofleini Imber not Wülker)
Distribution:East coast South Island, Chatham Rise, Southern Plateau
Geographical Range:CFMAnE.
References and Publications:
  • O'Shea, S. 1999: The Marine Fauna of New Zealand: Octopoda (Mollusca: Cephalopoda), NIWA Biodiversity Memoir, Wellington, 112 (p.183)
  • O'Shea, S. 1997: Status of three octopoda recorded from New Zealand, based on beaks recovered from long-distance foraging marine predators, New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 24(3) (p.265)
  • Imber, M.J. 1992: Cephalopods eaten by wandering albatrosses (Diomedea exulans L.) breeding at six circumpolar localities, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 22 (p.256)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.444)