Identify commonly encountered species by shape and form.
This section is to help identify some of the more common species, frequently encountered around New Zealand.
Click on the group of images most similar to the specimen that you wish to identify.
Continue choosing the most similar group to narrow down your search.
Other non-Molluscan Phyla (Echinodermata, Brachiopoda etc) are being added to the checklist and photo sections of the website. This is to help identify species that may be mistaken for Mollusca, but are not.
Mollusca (Marine) Mollusca is a large and varied phylum, which contains snails, slugs, clams, chitons, octopus, squid, nautilus Echinodermata Starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, sea cucumbers as well as sea lilies. Barnacles - Arthropoda Barnacles attach themselves to rocks and stones, while Goose Barnacles usually attach themselves to floating logs Brachiopoda Lamp Shells. Have hard upper and lower valves (not left and right as in Bivalve Mollusca)