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Peculator hedleyiPeculator hedleyi
Dredged in the Bay of Islands, Northland
Austrolittorina antipodumAustrolittorina antipodum
Found throughout the country on high tidal rocks
Liarea bicarinataLiarea bicarinata
Restricted to bush around Whangarei
Liarea aupouriaLiarea aupouria
From the Far North
Gari (Psammobia) convexaGari (Psammobia) convexa
On sandy beaches, in drift
Krebsia (Tenpetasus) liberatusKrebsia (Tenpetasus) liberatus
Rare, in beach drift, Northland
Alcithoe pseudoluteaAlcithoe pseudolutea
Trawled in 400 metres of water, Bay of Plenty

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 February 2015
New photos added.
25 February 2015
Checklist updated.
26 June 2010
'Common Name' search added.
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