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Taxonomy
Family:
VENERIDAE
Full Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum)
> Bivalvia (Class)
> Autobranchia (Subclass)
> Heteroconchia (Infraclass)
> Euhetrodonta (Subterclass)
> Imparidentia (Superorder)
> Venerida (Order)
> Veneroidea (Superfamily)
> Veneridae (Family)
> Irus (Genus)
> elegans (Species)
Genus Synonyms:
=Irus (Irus) Schmidt, 1818 accepted, alternate representation
=Irus (Notirus) Finlay, 1928 accepted, alternate representation
=Irus (Notopaphia) W.R.B. Oliver, 1923 accepted, alternate representation
=Notirus Finlay, 1928
=Notopaphia W.R.B. Oliver, 1923
Synonymised Names:
=Irus (Notopaphia) elegans (Deshayes, 1854) accepted, alternate representation
=Notopaphia elegans (Deshayes, 1854)
=Venerupis elegans Deshayes, 1854
Images: Irus elegans (Deshayes, 1854)
Found burrowing in soft rock. 35mm
Taxonomy
Family:
VENERIDAE
Full Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum)
> Bivalvia (Class)
> Autobranchia (Subclass)
> Heteroconchia (Infraclass)
> Euhetrodonta (Subterclass)
> Imparidentia (Superorder)
> Venerida (Order)
> Veneroidea (Superfamily)
> Veneridae (Family)
> Irus (Genus)
> elegans (Species)
Genus Synonyms:
=Irus (Irus) Schmidt, 1818 accepted, alternate representation
=Irus (Notirus) Finlay, 1928 accepted, alternate representation
=Irus (Notopaphia) W.R.B. Oliver, 1923 accepted, alternate representation
=Notirus Finlay, 1928
=Notopaphia W.R.B. Oliver, 1923
Synonymised Names:
=Irus (Notopaphia) elegans (Deshayes, 1854) accepted, alternate representation
=Notopaphia elegans (Deshayes, 1854)
=Venerupis elegans Deshayes, 1854
Details: Irus elegans (Deshayes, 1854)
Size/Grows to:
Width 46mm, Height 28mm
Distribution:
North and South Island
Geographical Range:
ACFE.
Notes:
Marine, Endemic, Burrows in soft rock
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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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