Identify commonly encountered species by shape and form.
This section is to help identify some of the more common species, frequently encountered around New Zealand. Click on the group of images most similar to the specimen that you wish to identify. Continue choosing the most similar group to narrow down your search. Use the text links below to go back or start again.
Chitons. Limpet shaped animals which attach themselves to solid surfaces. The shell is divided into 8 small plaits or valves, running along the back of the animal, which are embedded in the mantle and surrounding girdle.