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Zelithophaga truncata (Gray, 1843)Species Images
Eastern Beach, Auckland. 34mm
The Boring Mussel - lives in soft rock. 34mm
Buried in soft mudstone at mid/low tide, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Auckland, NZ. 40-45mm
Zelithophaga truncata (Gray, 1843)
Classification:
Mollusca (Phylum) > Bivalvia (Class) > Pteriomorphia (Subclass) > Mytilida (Order) > Mytiloidea (Superfamily) > Mytilidae (Family) > Lithophaginae (Subfamily) > Zelithophaga (Genus)
Family: Subfamily
MYTILIDAE: LITHOPHAGINAE
Size/Grows to:
Length 50mm, Height 15mm
Distribution:
North and South Islands. Boring into soft rock
Geographical Range:
ACFE.
Notes:
Marine, Endemic
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Key to Geographical Ranges
NZ Map showing Geographical Ranges
The symbols K.A.C.F.M.An. are used to indicate the geographical range of the species. They have been adopted to give an approxomation of the range of each species within New Zealand.
K=
Kermadec Islands
A=
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
C=
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
F=
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
M=
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
An=
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
Fw =
Freshwater
L =
Land
N =
North Island
S =
South Island
E =
Endemic
I =
Introduced
R =
Recent
Sf =
Subfossil
Fo =
Fossil