NZ Mollusca

Babelomurex wormaldi (Powell, 1971)

Babelomurex wormaldi
Holotype of Latiaxis wormaldi, collected off Poor Knights Islands, Northland, NZ (MA71329) © Auckland Museum CC BY
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Neogastropoda - Muricidae: Coralliophilinae - Babelomurex
Size/Grows to: Height 22mm, Width 18mm
Distribution: Northland to Bay of Plenty. Also Kermadec Islands, Philippine Islands and South-West Pacific. Approximately 160-650 metres [A.]
Some known Localities
  • E of Chanter Islets, Raoul Island, 402-366 metres, Kermadec Islands *2
  • E Poor Knights Islands, 329 metres, Northland, NZ, (holotype)
  • Rangatira Knoll, 162-407 metres, NW of White Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Tumokemoke Knoll, 218-228 metres, WNW of White Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Marshall, B.A., Oliverio, M. 2009: The Recent Coralliophilinae of the New Zealand region, with descriptions of two new species (Gastropoda: Neogastropoda: Muricidae), Molluscan Research, 29(3) (p.158)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.182)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.

*2 © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa CC BY-NC-ND