NZ Mollusca

Alcithoe lutea (Watson, 1882)

Alcithoe lutea
NW Challenger Plateau ~580m, May-June 2007 © Matthew Jones
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Neogastropoda - Volutidae: Zidoninae - Alcithoe
Synonyms: (=Leporemax Iredale, =Pachymelon Marwick, =Palomelon Finlay, =Teremelon Marwick, =Waihaoia Marwick)
Size/Grows to: Height 70mm, Width 32mm
Distribution: Endemic to the Challenger Plateau and vicinity, 400-600 metres [C.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Challenger Plateau, W North Island, 519-516 metres, NZ
  • Challenger Plateau, W North Island, 502 metres, NZ, (holotype)
  • Challenger Plateau, W North Island, 404-508 metres, NZ
  • W of Kahurangi Point, 408-472 metres, Northern Westland, NZ
  • Off Westport, 556-598 metres, Westland, NZ
  • Bail, P., Limpus, A. 2005: A Conchological Iconography 11, The Recent Volutes of New Zealand, with a revision of the genus Alcithoe H. & A. Adams, 1853, ConchBooks, Hackenheim, Germany (p.48)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.210)

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