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  • Family: Veneridae

  • Notocallista multistriata (Sowerby, 1851)
    Width 30mm, Height 22mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, South and Stewart Island. Dredged around 10-180 metres ACFE.
  • Pitar sp. cf. affinis (Gmelin, 1791)
    Kermadec Islands K
  • Austrovenus stutchburyi (W. Wood, 1828)
    Width 60mm, Height 54mm, Cockle, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands ACFMAnE.
  • Bassina 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
    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
  • Dosinia anus (Philippi, 1848)
    Width 77mm, Height 70mm, Coarse Dosinia, Marine, Endemic
    North Island and northern part of South Island ACE.
  • Dosinia greyi Zittel, 1865
    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.
  • Dosinia 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 maoriana W.R.B. Oliver, 1923
    Width 42mm, Height 40mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, northern part of South Island and Chatham Islands ACME.
  • Dosinia subrosea (Gray, 1835)
    Width 57mm, Height 54mm, Marine, Endemic
    North Island to Cook Strait 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 elegans (Deshayes, 1854)
    Width 46mm, Height 28mm, Marine, Endemic, Burrows in soft rock
    North and South Island ACFE.
  • Irus reflexus (Gray, 1843)
    Length 31mm, Height 24mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, South Stewart and Chatham Islands. In holes in soft rock ACFME.
  • Venerupis largillierti (Philippi, 1849)
    Width 70mm, Height 55mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart, Chathams, Auckland and Campbell Islands ACFMAnE.
  • Dosina crebra (Hutton, 1873)
    Width 45mm, Height 40mm, Marine, Endemic, Chevron pattern
    North Island ACE.
  • Dosina mactracea (Broderip in Broderip & G.B. Sowerby, 1835)
    Length 66mm, Height 50mm, Marine, Endemic, Coarse ridges, and rust on surface
    North and South Island. From low tide to about 120 metres ACFE.
  • Globivenus toreuma (Gould, 1850)
    Kermadec Islands K
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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