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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
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Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Neogastropoda (Order) > Muricoidea (Superfamily) > Muricidae (Family) > Rapaninae (Subfamily)
Muricidae: Rapaninae
Genus: Agnewiamap >
Agnewia tritoniformis (Blainville, 1833)
Height 29mm, Width 16mm
Northland to Bay of Plenty. Also Australia, Queensland to SA and Tasmania [A]
Genus: Dicathaismap >
Dicathais orbita (Gmelin, 1791) (=scalaris Menke)
Height 110mm, Width 70mm, White Rock Shell, Cart Rut Shell
Northland to northern South Island and Chatham Islands. Also Australia and Lord Howe Island [K.ACM]
Genus: Neothaismap >
Neothais smithi (Brazier, 1889)
Height 34mm, Width 22mm
Northland east coast to Mayor Island, Bay of Plenty. Also Lord Howe, Norfolk and Kermadec Islands [K.A]
Genus: Rapanamap >
Rapana venosa Valenciennes, 1847
Height 118mm, Width 85mm
In cray pots off Cape Maria van Diemen [A]