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Admetula superstesAdmetula superstes
Trawled in the Bay of Plenty
Zelippistes benhamiZelippistes benhami
Washed up in shell sand
Phyllocoma (Galfridus) speciosa virginalisPhyllocoma (Galfridus) speciosa virginalis
Dredged in Northland
Phenatoma roseaPhenatoma rosea
Dredged in shallow water off Northland
Volutomitra obscuraVolutomitra obscura
From off Northland East Coast
Nassarius (Plicarcularia) burchardiNassarius (Plicarcularia) burchardi
From Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland
Gaimardia trapesinaGaimardia trapesina
In beach drift, Enderby Island, Auckland Islands
Neilo blackiNeilo blacki
From deep water off central NZ

Welcome to the 'New Zealand Mollusca' website.

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

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.

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

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.

I am constantly adding references 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.

The checklist has now been supplemented with a page list for each family.

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
10 September 2014
New photos added.
14 September 2014
Checklist updated.
26 June 2010
'Common Name' search added.
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