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Occasionally washes ashore on ocean beaches. 23mm
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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 =

Recluzia lutea (Bennett, 1840)

Classification:Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Ptenoglossa (Order) > Epitonioidea (Superfamily) > Epitoniidae (Family) > Recluzia (Genus)
Size/Grows to:Height 37mm, Width 26mm
Synonyms:(=rollandiana Petit de la Saussaye)
Distribution:Washed ashore Northland to Bay of Plenty
Geographical Range:[K.A]
References and Publications:
  • Beu, A.G. 2017: Evolution of Janthina and Recluzia (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Epitoniidae), Records of the Australian Museum, 63(3) (p.203)
  • Thompson, F. Jul/1991: Recluzia rollandiana washups in the Far North, Poirieria, 16(3) (p.34)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.254)
  • Oliver, W.R.B. 1914: The Mollusca of the Kermadec Islands, Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 47 (p.525)

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

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