NZ Mollusca

Melanochlamys cylindrica Cheeseman, 1881

Melanochlamys cylindrica
In a shallow rock pool, near Rarawa, Far North, NZ, 15mm (animal)
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Heterobranchia - Cephalaspidea - Aglajidae - Melanochlamys
Family: AGLAJIDAE
Size/Grows to: Height 6mm, Width 5mm
Distribution: North and South Islands [A.C.F.]
Notes: Endemic. A dark/black animal with a small white internal shell
Some known Localities
  • Rarawa, Far North, NZ
  • Admirals Bay, Whangaruru Harbour, Northland, NZ
  • Off Hen Island, 59 metres, Hauraki Gulf, NZ *2
  • Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ
  • Herne Bay, Auckland, NZ
  • Tamaki Heads, Auckland, NZ, (holotype)
  • Mill Bay, Manukau Harbour, Auckland, NZ
  • Off Otarawairere Bay, Ohope, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Otarawairere Bay, Ohope, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Off Kaikoura Peninsula, 786 metres, Canterbury, NZ
  • Near McDonald's Creek, inner Bligh Sound, Fiordland, NZ *2
  • Head of North Arm, Port Pegasus, Stewart Island, NZ
References:
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W. 2015: Intertidal records of 'sea slugs' (nudibranchs and allied opisthobranch gastropods) from northern North Island, New Zealand, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 50 (p.56)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.272)

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