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Scutellastra kermadecensisScutellastra kermadecensis
Raoul Island, on rocks at low tide
Purpurocardia purpurataPurpurocardia purpurata
Washed ashore on ocean beaches
Trivia (Ellatrivia) mercesTrivia (Ellatrivia) merces
Occasionally washed up on rocky beaches
Pectinodonta aupouriaPectinodonta aupouria
In wood crevices approx. 1100 metres, Bay of Plenty
Hinea brasilianaHinea brasiliana
Found in beach drift
Stiracolpus ahiparanusStiracolpus ahiparanus
Ninety Mile Beach and Ahipara, Northland
Tonna cumingiiTonna cumingii
Washed up on Bream Bay, Northland
Liarea aupouriaLiarea aupouria
From the Far North

Welcome to the 'New Zealand Mollusca' website.

This website has evolved from my passion for New Zealand Shells - collecting, studying, and photographing them.

Checklist. Here I have endeavourd to provide an up-to-date checklist of all New Zealand species, with images of the more common or well-known species. The checklist has now been supplemented with a page list for each family.

Updates. I am constantly adding more information about each species, including sizes, habitats, and common names of some species.

Maps. I have recently updated the site to include Google Maps to show some of the locations where species have been recorded. Some of these locations are only approximate. I will be updating the locality data and fine-tuning the locations as I go.

References to other publications are also being added to the checklist, as I go through my reference library. I have also begun adding references to some of the New Zealand Molluscan Publications, eg. "Poirieria" and "Cookia". These are listed with the Species Details, when species are mentioned in the publication. Click here for a list of references and publications.

Type Localities are also being added to species details.

Search. I am adding genus synonyms so that older scientific names can be searched for.

Identification. I am always willing to help with identificaion of any species. Email me with a photo and I will try to help.

If you have any suggestions, enquiries or questions, please email me. Any comments would be appreciated.


Andrew Spurgeon


Locations updated to use Google Maps, showing some of the places where species have been recorded.
26 July 2014
References to Publications for individual species have been added.
May 2014
References to Scientific Papers for individual species have been added. Click here for a list of references.
Kermadec species added.
Endemic (E) and Introduced (I) symbols added to the Geographic Range information
27 March 2015
New photos added.
27 March 2015
Checklist updated.
26 June 2010
'Common Name' search added.
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