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Washed up on ocean beaches. 24mm
Washed up on high tide line, Karikari Peninsula, Northland. 22mm
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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.
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
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced

Janthina globosa Swainson, 1826

Classification:Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Ptenoglossa
Family:EPITONIIDAE
Size/Grows to:Height 32mm, Width 26mm
Distribution:Pelagic. Occasionally washed ashore on Northland east coast beaches
Geographical Range:A
Notes:
Violet Snail
References and Publications:
  • Beu, A.G. 2017: Evolution of Janthina and Recluzia (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Epitoniidae), Records of the Australian Museum, 63(3) (p.181)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.254)

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