NZ Mollusca

Scutus breviculus (Blainville, 1817)

Scutus breviculus
The Shield Shell, 60mm
Scutus breviculus
Under a rock at low tide, Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ, Animal 60-70mm
Scutus breviculus
Alive under rocks at low tide, Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ, animal 70-80mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Vetigastropoda - Lepetelllida - Fissurellidae: Emarginulinae - Scutus
Size/Grows to: Length 103mm, Width 51mm
Distribution: North, South and Stewart Island [A.C.F.]
Notes: Shield Shell. Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Karikari Beach, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ
  • Matai Bay, Karikari Peninsula, Northland, NZ
  • Cable Bay, Doubtless Bay, Northland, NZ
  • Tauranga Bay, Whangaroa, Northland, NZ
  • Reef Point, Ahipara, Far North, NZ
  • Russell, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • Pahi Beach, S of Rawhiti, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • Paihia, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ *2
  • Tutukaka Harbour, Whangarei, Northland, NZ
  • Reotahi, Whangarei Heads, Northland, NZ
  • Pink Beach, Leigh, Northland, NZ
  • Campbells Bay, Auckland, NZ
  • Takapuna Reef, Auckland, NZ
  • Rangitoto Island, Auckland, NZ
  • Point Chevalier, Auckland, NZ
  • Laingholm Reef, Auckland, NZ
  • Huia, Manukau Harbour, Auckland, NZ
  • Puponga Point, Cornwallis, Manukau Harbour, Auckland, NZ
  • Orua Bay, Manukau Harbour, Auckland, NZ
  • Town Reach, Tauranga Harbour, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Otarawairere Bay, Ohope, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Kawhia Harbour, Waikato, NZ
  • Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • Wharariki Beach, Cape Farewell, Tasman, NZ
  • Paturau, W of Collingwood, Nelson, NZ
  • Kahurangi Point, Northern Westland, NZ
  • Greville Harbour, D'Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds, NZ
  • Castlepoint, Wairarapa, NZ
  • Paremata Harbour, Wellington, NZ
  • Titahi Bay, Porirua, Wellington, NZ
  • Flat Point, SE of Masterton, Wairarapa, NZ *2
  • Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, NZ
  • Day's Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • Lyall Bay, Wellington, NZ *2
  • Island Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • Cape Campbell, Marlborough, NZ
  • Cape Foulwind, W of Westport, Westland, NZ
  • Motunau, NNE of Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
  • New Brighton beach, Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
  • Taylors Mistake (Te Onepoto), near Lyttelton, Canterbury, NZ
  • Taumaka Islet, off Haast, Westland, NZ *2
  • Waikouaiti beach, N of Dunedin, Otago, NZ
  • Chalky Inlet, Fiordland, NZ
  • Puysegur Point, Southland, NZ
  • Thule Bay, Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island, NZ
more localities
  • 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.79)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.40)

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