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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 =
E =
I =

Cabestana tabulata (Menke, 1843)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Littorinimorpha (Order) > Tonnoidea (Superfamily) > Cymatiidae (Family) > Cabestana (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Height 91mm, Width 52mm
Synonyms:(=waterhousei A.Adams & Angas, =otagoensis Powell)
Distribution:North, South and Chatham Islands from low tide to about 25 fathoms. Also Australia and Kermadec Islands
Geographical Range:[K.ACFM]
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)
  • Beu, A.G., Maxwell, P.A. 1990: Cenozoic Mollusca of New Zealand, New Zealand Geological Survey, 58 (p.354)
  • Douglas, W.N. Aug/1985: Periostracum preservation, Poirieria, 14(2) (p.11)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.164)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1927: On a large Tonna and two other Gastropods of Australian origins, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 57 (p.560)

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