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Veneridae: Venerinae

  • Dosina (Dosina) crebra (Hutton, 1873)
    Width 45mm, Height 40mm, Marine, Endemic. Chevron pattern
    North Island ACE.
  • Dosina (Dosina) mactracea (Broderip in Broderip & G.B. Sowerby, 1835)
    (=zelandica Gray)
    Length 66mm, Height 50mm, Marine, Endemic. Coarse ridges, and rust on surface
    North and South Island. From low tide to about 120 metres ACFE.
  • Austrovenus stutchburyi (Wood, 1828)
    (=aucklandica Powell)
    Width 60mm, Height 54mm, Cockle. Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands ACFMAnE.
  • Bassina (Callanaitis) yatei (Gray, 1835)
    Width 55mm, Height 42mm, Frilled Venus Shell. Marine, Endemic
    North, South and Stewart Island ACFE.
  • Leukoma crassicosta (Deshayes, 1835)
    Width 50mm, Height 40mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands ACFME.
  • Tawera marionae Finlay, 1928
    Length 33mm, Height 28mm, Marine, Endemic
    Off Otago and Chatham Islands FME.
  • Tawera mawsoni (Hedley, 1916)
    Width 40mm, Height 32mm, Marine, Endemic
    Off Macquarie Island AnE.
  • Tawera phenax Finlay, 1930
    Width 58mm, Height 52mm, Marine, Endemic
    South Island, off Taiaroa Head, Otago. Snares and Auckland Islands. Dredged around 90-100 metres FAnE.
  • Tawera rosa Powell, 1955
    Width 48mm, Height 42mm, Marine, Endemic. Finer sculpture than T. sphaericula, and less inflated
    Auckland Islands AnE.
  • Tawera sphaericula Deshayes, 1853
    (=bollonsi Powell)
    Width 36mm, Height 35mm, Marine, Endemic. Coarse concentric ridges. Bluntly rounded beaks, very thick and solid
    Auckland Islands, dredged 15-65 metres AnE.
  • Tawera spissa (Deshayes, 1835)
    Width 27mm, Height 22mm, Marine. Common on sandy beaches. Highly variable patterns, usually zigzags or streaks
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands ACFM
  • Veneridae: Callocardiinae

  • Dosinia (Fallartemis) lambata (Gould, 1850)
    Width 32mm, Height 28mm, Marine, Endemic. Very fine smooth sculpture. Found on sheltered sandy beaches
    North Island and northern part of South Island ACFE.
  • Dosinia (Kereia) greyi Zittel, 1864
    Width 50mm, Height 46mm, Marine, Endemic. Coarse sculpture
    North Island and northern part of South Island. Dredged in soft mud around 10-15 metres ACE.
  • Gomphina maorum (E.A.Smith, 1902)
    Width 19mm, Height 15mm, Marine, Endemic
    Three Kings Islands. Far North and Northland east coast. In beach drift AE.
  • Irus (Notirus) reflexus (Gray, 1843)
    Length 31mm, Height 24mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, South Stewart and Chatham Islands. In holes in soft rock ACFME.
  • Irus (Notopaphia) elegans (Deshayes, 1854)
    Width 46mm, Height 28mm, Marine, Endemic. Burrows in soft rock
    North and South Island ACFE.
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 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
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced
R =
Recent
Sf =
Subfossil
Fo =
Fossil