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Species List for Genus: Plaxiphora
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Mollusca (Phylum) > Polyplacophora (Class) > Neoloricata (Subclass) > Chitonida (Order) > Mopalioidea (Superfamily) > Mopaliidae (Family) > Plaxiphora (Genus)
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  • Genus: Plaxiphora

  • Plaxiphora aurata (Spalowsky, 1795)
    Length 75mm, Width 45mm, Chiton, Marine
    Campbell, Auckland and Antipodes Islands, and also recently recorded from the Chatham Islands MAn
  • Plaxiphora australis (Suter, 1907)
    Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    Snares Islands AnE.
  • Plaxiphora biramosa (Quoy & Gaimard, 1835)
    Length 60mm, Width 40mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Snares and Chatham Islands ACFMAnE.
  • Plaxiphora boydeni Murdoch, 1982
    Length 12mm, Width 10mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    Otago Peninsula, low tide, Banks Peninsula, Stewart Island and Snares Islands CFMAnE.
  • Plaxiphora caelata (Reeve, 1847)
    Length 47mm, Width 23mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    North and South Island, and Kermadec Islands KACFME.
  • Plaxiphora egregia (H.Adams, 1866)
    Length 26mm, Width 18mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    Cook Strait to Stewart Island. Under giant kelp holdfasts CFE.
  • Plaxiphora murdochi Suter, 1905
    Length 20mm, Width 13mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    West coast of North Island, and South Island, Otago Peninsula. Under smooth stones at very low water KACFE.
  • Plaxiphora obtecta Carpenter in Pilsbry, 1893
    Length 87mm, Width 57mm, Chiton, Marine, Endemic
    North and South Islands. On open exposed coasts 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.
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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