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  • Family: Veneridae

  • Austrovenus stutchburyi (W. Wood, 1828)
    Width 60mm, Height 54mm
    Cockle, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands
    ACFMAnE.
  • Bassina yatei (Gray, 1835)
    Width 55mm, Height 42mm
    Frilled Venus Shell, Marine, Endemic
    North, South and Stewart Island
    ACFE.
  • Dosina mactracea (Broderip in Broderip & G.B. Sowerby, 1835)
    Length 66mm, Height 50mm
    Marine, Endemic, Coarse ridges, and rust on surface
    North and South Island. From low tide to about 120 metres
    ACFE.
  • Dosinia anus (Philippi, 1848)
    Width 77mm, Height 70mm
    Coarse Dosinia, Marine, Endemic
    North Island and northern part of South Island
    ACE.
  • Dosinia greyi Zittel, 1865
    Width 50mm, Height 46mm
    Marine, Endemic, Coarse sculpture
    North Island and northern part of South Island. Dredged in soft mud around 10-15 metres
    ACE.
  • Dosinia lambata (Gould, 1850)
    Width 32mm, Height 28mm
    Marine, Endemic, Very fine smooth sculpture. Found on sheltered sandy beaches
    North Island and northern part of South Island
    ACFE.
  • Dosinia maoriana W.R.B. Oliver, 1923
    Width 42mm, Height 40mm
    Marine, Endemic
    North, northern part of South Island and Chatham Islands
    ACME.
  • Dosinia subrosea (Gray, 1835)
    Width 57mm, Height 54mm
    Marine, Endemic
    North Island to Cook Strait
    ACE.
  • Globivenus toreuma (Gould, 1850)
    Marine
    Kermadec Islands
    K
  • Gomphina maorum (E.A. Smith, 1902)
    Width 19mm, Height 15mm
    Marine, Endemic
    Three Kings Islands. Far North and Northland east coast. In beach drift
    AE.
  • Irus elegans (Deshayes, 1854)
    Width 46mm, Height 28mm
    Marine, Endemic, Burrows in soft rock
    North and South Island
    ACFE.
  • Irus reflexus (Gray, 1843)
    Length 31mm, Height 24mm
    Marine, Endemic
    North, South Stewart and Chatham Islands. In holes in soft rock
    ACFME.
  • Leukoma crassicosta (Deshayes, 1835)
    Width 50mm, Height 40mm
    Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands
    ACFME.
  • Notocallista multistriata (Sowerby, 1851)
    Width 30mm, Height 22mm
    Marine, Endemic
    North, South and Stewart Island. Dredged around 10-180 metres
    ACFE.
  • Pitar sp. cf. affinis (Gmelin, 1791)
    Marine
    Kermadec Islands
    K
  • Tawera marionae Finlay, 1928
    Length 33mm, Height 28mm
    Marine, Endemic
    Off Otago and Chatham Islands
    FME.
  • Tawera mawsoni (Hedley, 1916)
    Width 40mm, Height 32mm
    Marine, Endemic
    Off Macquarie Island
    AnE.
  • Tawera phenax (Finlay, 1930)
    Width 58mm, Height 52mm
    Marine, Endemic
    South Island, off Taiaroa Head, Otago. Snares and Auckland Islands. Dredged around 90-100 metres
    FAnE.
  • Tawera rosa Powell, 1955
    Width 48mm, Height 42mm
    Marine, Endemic, Finer sculpture than T. sphaericula, and less inflated
    Auckland Islands
    AnE.
  • Tawera sphaericula (Deshayes, 1853)
    Width 36mm, Height 35mm
    Marine, Endemic, Coarse concentric ridges. Bluntly rounded beaks, very thick and solid
    Auckland Islands, dredged 15-65 metres
    AnE.
  • Tawera spissa (Deshayes, 1835)
    Width 27mm, Height 22mm
    Marine, Common on sandy beaches. Highly variable patterns, usually zigzags or streaks
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands
    ACFM
  • Venerupis largillierti (Philippi, 1849)
    Width 70mm, Height 55mm
    Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart, Chathams, Auckland and Campbell Islands
    ACFMAnE.
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