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Alcithoe arabica (Gmelin, 1791)Species Images
From off Bream Bay, Whangarei. 151mm
From Porirua, Wellington. Found living from below low tide. 106mm
(swainsoni form) - Extinct form off the Three Kings Islands. 179mm
Egg case on Stiracolpus pagoda, Great Exhibition Bay, Far North, NZ. Diameter approx. 8-10mm
Taxonomy: Alcithoe arabica (Gmelin, 1791)
Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Neogastropoda (Order) > Volutoidea (Superfamily) > Volutidae (Family) > Cymbiinae (Subfamily) > Alcithoe (Genus) > arabica (Species)
Family: Subfamily:
VOLUTIDAE: CYMBIINAE
Genus Synonyms:
=Alcithoe (Leporemax) Iredale, 1937
=Gilvostia Iredale, 1937
=Leporemax Iredale, 1937
=Pachymelon (Palomelon) Finlay, 1926
=Palomelon Finlay, 1926
=Voluta (Alcithoe) H. & A. Adams, 1853
=Waihaoia (Palomelon) Finlay, 1926
=Waihaoia (Teremelon) Marwick, 1926
Synonymised Names:
=Alcithoe (Alcithoe) swainsoni Marwick, 1926
=Alcithoe acuta Marwick, 1926
=Alcithoe detrita Marwick, 1926
=Alcithoe lutea Marwick, 1924
=Alcithoe motutarensis Powell, 1928
=Alcithoe nukumaruensis (P. Marshall & Murdoch, 1920)
=Alcithoe swainsoni Marwick, 1926
=Alcithoe swainsoni motutarensis Powell, 1928
=Alcithoe transformis Marwick, 1926
=Fulgoraria (Alcithoe) depressa Suter, 1908
=Fulgoraria arabica (Gmelin, 1791)
=Fulgoraria turrita var. nukumaruensis P. Marshall & Murdoch, 1920
=Notovoluta rossiteri (Brazier, 1898)
=Voluta arabica Gmelin, 1791
=Voluta elongata Swainson, 1821
=Voluta pacifica Perry, 1810
=Voluta rossiteri Brazier, 1898
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Details: Alcithoe arabica (Gmelin, 1791)
Size/Grows to:
Height 200mm, Width 88mm
Distribution:
North, South and Stewart Islands
Geographical Range:
ACFE.
Notes:
Arabic Volute, Marine, Endemic
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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