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.
Other non-Molluscan Phyla (Echinodermata, Brachiopoda etc) are being added to the checklist and photo sections of the website. This is to help identify species that may be mistaken for Mollusca, but are not.
Starfish (Asteroidea) Usually star-shaped, with a central disc, and radiating arms (often 5, but up to 11+) Brittle Stars (Ophiuroidea) Star-shaped, with a central disc, and usually with five slender arms (though some species can have up to 8 arms) Sea Urchins, Kina Circular or oval in shape. Usually covered in sharp spines, but some with short fine hair-like bristles.