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Australostichopus mollis (Hutton, 1872)Species Images
Alive below low tide in large pool, Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ. Approx. 30cm
Australostichopus mollis (Hutton, 1872)
Phylum: Echinodermata
This is not a Mollusc. Other non-Molluscan Phyla (Echinodermata, Brachiopoda etc) have been included to help identify species that may be mistaken for Mollusca, but are not.
Classification:
Echinodermata (Phylum) > Echinozoa (Subphylum) > Holothuroidea (Class) > Synallactida (Order) > Stichopodidae (Family) > Australostichopus (Genus) > mollis (Species)
Family:
STICHOPODIDAE
Size/Grows to:
about 30 cm
Distribution:
Throughout NZ from shallow rock pools to subtidal sandy mud bottoms. Also New South Wales coast around to southwestern Australia
Geographical Range:
KACFMAn
Notes:
Marine, Mottled light brown or black body, warty dorsal surface with numerous radial rows of ventral tube feet
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Key to Geographical Ranges
NZ Map showing 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.
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
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced
R =
Recent
Sf =
Subfossil
Fo =
Fossil