Marine, Common on sandy beaches. Highly variable patterns, usually zigzags or streaks
References and Publications
Eagle, M.K. Dec/2014Tawera spissa (Bivalvia) Predation by Astropecten polyacanthus (Asteroidea) in Northland, New Zealand, Poirieria, 38 (p.28)
Marshall, B.A., Spencer, H.G. 2013 Comments on some taxonomic changes affecting marine Bivalvia of the New Zealand region recently introduced in Huber's Compendium of bivalves, with some additional taxonomic changes, Molluscan Research, 33(1) (p.45)
Beu, A.G. 2004 Marine Mollusca of oxygen isotope stages of the last 2 million years in New Zealand. Part 1: Revised generic positions and recognition of warm-water and cool-water migrants, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 34 (p.181)
Cumber, R.A. Nov/1983 Colour patterns of Tawera spissa (Deshayes, 1835) (Veneridae) in the Far North, Poirieria, 13(2)
Powell, A.W.B. 1979New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.424)
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 approximation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
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