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Mollusca (Phylum) > Gastropoda (Class) > Vetigastropoda (Subclass) > Trochida (Order) > Trochoidea (Superfamily) > Trochidae (Family) > Cantharidinae (Subfamily) > Micrelenchus (Genus)
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  • Genus: Micrelenchus

  • Micrelenchus burchorum B.A. Marshall, 1998
    =Cantharidus burchorum B.A. Marshall, 1998, =Micrelenchus (Mawhero) burchorum (B.A. Marshall, 1998) accepted, alternate representation
    Height 26mm, Width 16mm, Marine, Endemic
    Off Three Kings Islands, 5-33 metres on algae. Middlesex Bank and King Bank, 7-805 metres AE.
  • Micrelenchus huttonii (E.A. Smith, 1876)
    =Cantharidus huttonii (E.A. Smith, 1876), =Gibbula plumbea Hutton, 1878, =Micrelenchus (Micrelenchus) huttonii (E.A. Smith, 1876) accepted, alternate representation, =Trochus (Cantharidus) huttonii E.A. Smith, 1876
    Height 11.5mm, Marine, Endemic
    Bay of Islands south, and Stewart Island. 0-7 metres, Inhabits sheltered waters, especially Zostera, sea-grass, on tidal flats and sheltered rock pools ACFE.
  • Micrelenchus purpureus (Gmelin, 1791)
    =Cantharidus (Mawhero) purpureus (Gmelin, 1791), =Cantharidus purpureus (Gmelin, 1791), =Helix purpurea Gmelin, 1791, =Micrelenchus (Mawhero) purpureus (Gmelin, 1791) accepted, alternate representation, =Phasianella rubella Menke, 1828, =Trochus elegans Gmelin, 1791, =Trochus pallidus Hombron & Jacquinot, 1848, =Trochus rostratus Gmelin, 1791, =Trochus texturatus Gould, 1849, =Trochus torosus Kiener, 1850
    Height 35mm, Width 21mm, Marine, Endemic
    North and South Island. On seaweed at low tide to about 120 metres ACE.
  • Micrelenchus sanguineus (Gray in Dieffenbach, 1843)
    =Cantharidus oliveri Iredale, 1915, =Cantharidus sanguineus (Gray, 1843), =Micrelenchus (Micrelenchus) sanguineus (Gray, 1843) accepted, alternate representation, =Micrelenchus oliveri (Iredale, 1915), =Micrelenchus oliveri cryptus Powell, 1946, =Trochus (Gibbium) sanguineus Gray, 1843
    Height 8mm, Width 7mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, South and Stewart Island ACFE.
  • Micrelenchus tenebrosus A. Adams, 1853
    =Cantharidus tenebrosus A. Adams, 1853, =Gibbula dolorosa Tenison-Woods, 1877, =Micrelenchus (Micrelenchus) tenebrosus (A. Adams, 1853) accepted, alternate representation, =Micrelenchus parcipictus Powell, 1946, =Trochus (Gibbula) scamnatus P. Fischer, 1878
    Height 11mm, Width 10mm, Marine, Endemic, Coastal, open water on seaweed and under kelp holdfasts
    Southern North Island, South and Stewart Island. Under stones in coastal regions ACFE.
  • Micrelenchus tesselatus (A. Adams, 1851)
    =Cantharidella tesselata (A. Adams, 1853), =Cantharidus tesselatus (A. Adams, 1853), =Chrysostoma inconspicua Hutton, 1873, =Gibbula nitida A. Adams & Angas, 1864, =Margarita tesselata A. Adams, 1853, =Micrelenchus (Micrelenchus) tesselatus (A. Adams, 1853) accepted, alternate representation, =Talopena sublaevis Finlay, 1924
    Height 9mm, Width 8mm, Marine, Endemic
    North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands ACFE.
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 approximation 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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