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Taxonomy
Family:
MESODESMATIDAE
Full Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum)
> Bivalvia (Class)
> Autobranchia (Subclass)
> Heteroconchia (Infraclass)
> Euhetrodonta (Subterclass)
> Imparidentia (Superorder)
> Venerida (Order)
> Mactroidea (Superfamily)
> Mesodesmatidae (Family)
> Paphies (Genus)
> subtriangulata (Species)
Genus Synonyms:
=Amesodesma Iredale, 1930
=Amphidesma (Paphies) Lesson, 1831
=Amphidesma (Taria) A. Adams, 1853
=Machaena Gray, 1843
=Paphies (Paphies) Lesson, 1831
=Paphies (Taria) Gray, 1853
=Taria Gray, 1853
Synonymised Names:
=Amphidesma (Taria) porrectum Marwick, 1928
=Amphidesma subtriangulata (W. Wood, 1828)
=Amphidesma subtriangulata cookianum Dawson, 1959
=Erycina subangulata Gray, 1825
=Mactra subtriangulata W. Wood, 1828
=Mesodesma reentsii Römer, 1862
=Mesodesma spissa Reeve, 1854
=Paphies (Taria) subtriangulata (W. Wood, 1828)
=Paphies porrecta (Marwick, 1928)
=Paphies subtriangulata porrecta (Marwick, 1928)
Species Images: Paphies subtriangulata (Gray in Wood, 1828)
Common Tuatua, on coastal sandy beaches. 64mm
Taxonomy
Family:
MESODESMATIDAE
Full Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum)
> Bivalvia (Class)
> Autobranchia (Subclass)
> Heteroconchia (Infraclass)
> Euhetrodonta (Subterclass)
> Imparidentia (Superorder)
> Venerida (Order)
> Mactroidea (Superfamily)
> Mesodesmatidae (Family)
> Paphies (Genus)
> subtriangulata (Species)
Genus Synonyms:
=Amesodesma Iredale, 1930
=Amphidesma (Paphies) Lesson, 1831
=Amphidesma (Taria) A. Adams, 1853
=Machaena Gray, 1843
=Paphies (Paphies) Lesson, 1831
=Paphies (Taria) Gray, 1853
=Taria Gray, 1853
Synonymised Names:
=Amphidesma (Taria) porrectum Marwick, 1928
=Amphidesma subtriangulata (W. Wood, 1828)
=Amphidesma subtriangulata cookianum Dawson, 1959
=Erycina subangulata Gray, 1825
=Mactra subtriangulata W. Wood, 1828
=Mesodesma reentsii Römer, 1862
=Mesodesma spissa Reeve, 1854
=Paphies (Taria) subtriangulata (W. Wood, 1828)
=Paphies porrecta (Marwick, 1928)
=Paphies subtriangulata porrecta (Marwick, 1928)
Details: Paphies subtriangulata (Gray in Wood, 1828)
Size/Grows to:
Width 85mm, Height 60mm
Distribution:
North, upper South Island and Chatham Islands
Geographical Range:
ACFME.
Notes:
Tuatua, 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
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