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Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Caenogastropoda (Subclass) > Littorinimorpha (Order) > Tonnoidea (Superfamily) > Tonnidae (Family)
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  • Family: Tonnidae

  • Eudolium bairdii (Verrill & Smith, 1881)
    Height 50mm, Width 25mm, Marine
    Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indo-West Pacific, 17-823 metres (deepest alive 560 metres). Bay of Plenty, 380-420 metres A
  • Eudolium crosseanum (Monerosato, 1869)
    Length 60mm, Width 45mm, Marine
    Indo-West Pacific, from South Africa to Japan, Hawaii and northern New Zealand. Off Northland, Bay of Plenty, 137-580m (deepest alive 390m) A
  • Malea pomum (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Height 70mm, Marine
    Kermadec Islands, and occasionally washed up in the Far North KA
  • Tonna cumingii (Reeve, 1849)
    Height 90mm, Width 65mm, Marine, The species currently classified as Tonna cumingii in New Zealand could possibly be a new/different species or even more than one species. Until further research has been published, the current name of Tonna cumingii is used here
    East Coast Northland A
  • Tonna dolium (Lamarck, 1822)
    Height 110mm, Width 95mm, Marine
    Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Japa, Philippines, Fiji and northern part of North Island A
  • Tonna lischkeana (Küster, 1857)
    Height 215mm, Marine
    E Africa to Hawaii. Northern New Zealand A
  • Tonna luteostoma (Küster, 1857)
    Height 100mm, Width 85mm, Marine
    N.Z. Far North. Common in Japan A
  • Tonna melanostoma (Jay, 1839)
    Height 180mm, Width 145mm, Marine, Distinguished by dark-brown spreading parietal callus
    Hawaiian Islands to Tonga, Society Islands, Melanesia and Northland east coast KA
  • Tonna perdix (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Length 225mm, Marine
    Indo-Western Pacific, Kermadec Islands and Northland KA
  • Tonna tankervillii (Hanley, 1860)
    Height 250mm, Width 210mm, Common Cask or Tun Shell, Marine, Characterised by a deep canaliculate suture
    Northland to Hawkes Bay and Mahia Peninsula. Washups on sandy beaches and alive below low tide AC
  • Tonna tetracotula Hedley, 1919
    Height 200mm, Width 150mm, Marine
    Outer Hauraki Gulf to Bay of Plenty. Also Australia, Queensland to Victoria A
  • Tonna zonata (Green, 1830)
    Height 200mm, Width 155mm, Marine
    Nortern part of North Island, to western Bay of Plenty. Also Indian Ocean, Japan A
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.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
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