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Found from low tide down to about 25 fathoms. 87mm
From deep water off Bream Bay, Northland. 135mm
Low tide, Karikari Peninsula, Northland. 65mm
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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
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L =
E =
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Monoplex parthenopeus (von Salis, 1793)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Littorinimorpha (Order) > Tonnoidea (Superfamily) > Cymatiidae (Family) > Monoplex (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Height 130mm, Width 75mm
Distribution:North, South and Chatham Islands. Also Australia
Geographical Range:[K.ACFM]
Hairy Trumpet
References and Publications:
  • Lakeman, P. Nov/2009: Cymatium parthenopeum, Cookia, 21 (p.16)
  • 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)
  • Morley, M.S. Oct/1995: A Small Point - Features of the Protoconchs of Cymatium parthenopeum parthenopeum (Salis, 1793) and Cabestana spengleri (Perry, 1811): Ranellidae, Poirieria, 17(4)
  • Douglas, W.N. Aug/1985: Periostracum preservation, Poirieria, 14(2) (p.10)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.165)
  • Beu, A.G. 1970: The Mollusca of the Subgenus Monoplex (Family Cymatiidae), Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 17 (p.225)

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

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