NZ Mollusca

Bulla quoyii Gray in Dieffenbach, 1843

Bulla quoyii
Parengarenga Harbour, Far North, 53mm
Bulla quoyii
The common Bubble Shell, 36mm
Bulla quoyii
Alive in shallow rock pools at low tide. Far North, NZ, 15mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Heterobranchia - Cephalaspidea - Bullidae - Bulla
Size/Grows to: Height 66mm, Width 37mm
Distribution: North Island and Kermadec Islands [K.A.C.]
Notes: Brown Bubble Shell. Presence of spiral striations around base
Some known Localities
  • Kauanga Channel, Parengarenga Harbour, Far North, NZ
  • Tutukaka Harbour, Whangarei, Northland, NZ
  • Bream Bay, Whangarei, Northland, NZ
  • 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.57)
  • Malaquias, M.A.E., Reid, D.G. 2008: Systematic revision of the living species of Bullidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Cephalaspidea), with a molecular phylogenetic analysis, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 153(3) (p.524)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.275)
  • Willan, R.C. 1978: The nomenclature of three Pacific Bulla species, Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia, 4(1) (p.58)

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