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Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Neogastropoda (Order) > Muricoidea (Superfamily) > Muricidae (Family) > Rapaninae (Subfamily)
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  • Subfamily: Rapaninae

  • Agnewia tritoniformis (Blainville, 1832)
    =Adamsia typica Dunker, 1857, =Agnewia nautica Thornley, 1952, =Purpura tritoniformis Blainville, 1832, =Purpura tritoniformis var. levidensis Kesteven, 1902
    Height 29mm, Width 16mm, Marine
    Northland to Bay of Plenty. Also Australia, Queensland to SA and Tasmania A
  • Dicathais orbita (Gmelin, 1791)
    =Buccinum orbita Gmelin, 1791, =Dicathais aegrota (Reeve, 1846), =Dicathais scalaris (Menke, 1829), =Dicathais textilosa (Lamarck, 1816), =Dicathais vector Thornley, 1952, =Haustrum ventricosum Kaicher, 1980, =Neothais scalaris (Menke, 1829), =Polytropa succincta (Lamarck, 1816), =Purpura aegrota Reeve, 1846, =Purpura scalaris Menke, 1829, =Purpura succincta Lamarck, 1816, =Purpura textilosa Lamarck, 1816, =Thais orbita (Gmelin, 1791), =Thais textilosa (Lamarck, 1816)
    Height 110mm, Width 70mm, White Rock Shell, Cart Rut Shell, Marine
    Northland to northern South Island and Chatham Islands. Also Australia and Lord Howe Island KACM
  • Neothais smithi (Brazier, 1889)
    =Purpura bollonsi Suter, 1906, =Purpura smithi Brazier, 1889, =Purpura striata bollonsi Suter, 1906
    Height 34mm, Width 22mm, Marine
    Northland east coast to Mayor Island, Bay of Plenty. Also Lord Howe, Norfolk and Kermadec Islands KA
  • Rapana venosa (Valenciennes, 1846)
    =Purpura venosa Valenciennes, 1846, =Rapana marginata Valenciennes, 1846, =Rapana pechiliensis Grabau & S. G. King, 1928, =Rapana pontica F. Nordsieck, 1968, =Rapana thomasiana Crosse, 1861
    Height 118mm, Width 85mm, Marine, Not found living in NZ waters
    In cray pots off Cape Maria van Diemen A
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.
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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