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Cypraeidae: Erosariinae

  • Erosaria cernica (G.B. Sowerby II, 1870)
    (=tomlini Schilder)
    Length 33mm, Width 20mm, Poor Knights Cowrie. Marine
    Northland. Cape Maria van Diemen to Poor Knights Islands, to about 20 metres. Also Lord Howe Island, Kermadec Islands and New South Wales, Australia KA
  • Erosaria poraria (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Length 24mm, Marine
    Kermadec Islands K
  • Monetaria caputserpentis (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Length 43mm, Marine
    The entire Indo-West Pacific region, from east Africa to the Cocos Islands, off Central America. Australia and Kermadec Islands K
  • Monetaria moneta (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Length 20mm, Money Cowrie. Marine
    Entire tripical Indian and Pacific Oceans, from east Africa to central America, including northern Australia and Kermadec Islands K
  • Cypraeidae: Erroneinae

  • Luria isabella (Linnaeus, 1758)
    Length 55mm, Cowrie. Marine
    Indo-Pacific, Kermadec Islands K
  • Lyncina vitellus Linnaeus, 1758
    Length 55mm, Width 35mm, Marine
    Indo-Pacific, from Red Sea to Hawaiian Islands, Polynesia and Northland to Poor Knights Islands, down to about 25 metres KA
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.
Kermadec Islands
Aupourian - Kaipara Harbour, north around North Cape, encompassing the Three Kings Islands and south to East Cape
Cookian - Lower North Island and the northern part of the South Island
Forsterian - Otago, Fiordland and Stewart Island
Moriorian - Chatham Islands, Pitt Island
Antipodean - Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand
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