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From off White Island, Bay of Plenty. 134mm
Typical beach-worn specimen found occasionally on Northland beaches. 76mm
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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 =

Tutufa bufo (Röding, 1798)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Littorinimorpha (Order) > Tonnoidea (Superfamily) > Bursidae (Family) > Tutufa (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Height 160mm, Width 100mm
Synonyms:(=lissostoma E.A.Smith)
Distribution:Northland to Bay of Plenty. In craypots
Geographical Range:KA
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.221)
  • Beu, A.G. 1998: Indo-West Pacific Ranellidae, Bursidae and Personidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda): A monograph of the New Caledonian fauna and revisions of related taxa, Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 178 (p.174)
  • Beu, A.G. 1986: Taxonomy of gastropods of the families Ranellidae (= Cymatiidae) and Bursidae: Part 2 - Descriptions of 14 new modern Indo-West Pacific species and subspecies, with revisions of related taxa, New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 13(3) (p.346)
  • Beu, A.G. 1980: Australian gastropods of the family Bursidae: Part 1 - The families of Tonnacea, the genera of Bursidae, and revision of species previously assigned to Tutufa Jousseaume, 1881, Records of the Australian Museum, 33(1) (p.272)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.168)

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