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Taxonomy
Family:
EPITONIIDAE
Full Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum)
> Gastropoda (Class)
> Caenogastropoda (Subclass)
> [unassigned] Caenogastropoda (Order)
> Epitonioidea (Superfamily)
> Epitoniidae (Family)
> Janthina (Genus)
> janthina (Species)
Synonymised Names:
=Helix janthina Linnaeus, 1758
=Janthina violacea Röding, 1798
Images: Janthina janthina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Washed up on the Ninety Mile Beach, Far North, NZ. 35mm
Washed up after storm, Far North, NZ. 15mm
Washes up on ocean beaches, especially after rough weather
Taxonomy
Family:
EPITONIIDAE
Full Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum)
> Gastropoda (Class)
> Caenogastropoda (Subclass)
> [unassigned] Caenogastropoda (Order)
> Epitonioidea (Superfamily)
> Epitoniidae (Family)
> Janthina (Genus)
> janthina (Species)
Synonymised Names:
=Helix janthina Linnaeus, 1758
=Janthina violacea Röding, 1798
Details: Janthina janthina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Size/Grows to:
Width 40mm, Height 38mm
Distribution:
World wide
Geographical Range:
ACFM
Notes:
Violet Snail, Marine, Pelagic, feeds mainly on colonial cnidarians (Physalia, Velella, Porpita)
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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.
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
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