Species Images
At low tide, Far North. 184mm
(rubicunda form) - Off Northland. 190mm
(rubicunda form) - From 10-15 metres off Northland. 140mm
In a shallow rock pool at low tide, Matai Bay, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ. Approx. 200mm
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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 =

Charonia lampas (Perry, 1811)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Littorinimorpha (Order) > Tonnoidea (Superfamily) > Charoniidae (Family) > Charonia (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Height 310mm, Width 150mm
Synonyms:(=capax Finlay, =rubicunda Perry)
Distribution:North, South and Stewart and Chatham Islands. Low tide to about 80 fathoms
Geographical Range:KACFM
Large Trumpet. Marine
References and Publications:
  • Brook, F.J., Marshall, B.A. 1998: The coastal molluscan fauna of the northern Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 28 (p.220)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.168)
  • Beu, A.G. 1970: The Mollusca of the Genus Charonia (Family Cymatiidae), Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 11(16) (p.211)

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

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