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Species List for Family: Mesodesmatidae
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  • Family: Mesodesmatidae

  • Paphies australis (Gmelin, 1791)
    Length 80mm, Width 50mm
    Pipi, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart Chatham and Auckland Islands. Buried in silty sand in sheltered areas
    ACFMAnE.
  • Paphies donacina (Spengler, 1793)
    Width 127mm, Height 98mm
    Southern Tuatua, Marine, Endemic
    Lower North Island, South and Stewart Islands. More common in south
    CFE.
  • Paphies subtriangulata (Gray in Wood, 1828)
    Width 85mm, Height 60mm
    Tuatua, Marine, Endemic
    North, upper South Island and Chatham Islands
    ACFME.
  • Paphies ventricosa (Gray, 1843)
    Length 149mm, Height 91mm
    Toheroa, Marine, Endemic
    North and South Islands
    ACFE.
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