NZ Mollusca

Monodilepas diemenensis Finlay, 1930

Monodilepas diemenensisIn beach drift, Far North, 17mm
Monodilepas diemenensisIn beach drift, near Rarawa, Far North, 12mm
Monodilepas diemenensisIn beach drift on the high tide line, Far North, NZ, 9mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Vetigastropoda - Lepetelllida - Fissurellidae: Emarginulinae - Monodilepas
Size/Grows to: Length 20mm, Width 15mm
Distribution: Off Three Kings, Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North, 10-800 metres. Also off Taranaki [A.C.E.]
Some known Localities
  • King Bank, NE of Three Kings Islands, 128 metres, NZ *2
  • NW of Great Island, 310 metres, Three Kings Islands, NZ *2
  • S of Great Island, 192-202 metres, Three Kings Islands, NZ *2
  • NNE of Cape Reinga, NZ
  • W of Cape Reinga, 75-80 metres, NZ
  • Kapowairua, Spirits Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North, NZ, (holotype)
  • Rarawa Beach, Far North, NZ
  • Whangaroa Harbour outside entrance, 25 metres, Northland, NZ
  • Off Cape Brett, 36-53 metres, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • Taupiri Bay, Northland, NZ
  • Off E side of Rakitu Island, Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ
  • Off E side Ruamahua-nui Island, 38 metres, Aldermen Islands, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • S of Waverley, 77-82 metres, Taranaki, NZ *2
  • W of Rangitikei River Mouth, 75 metres, Manawatu, NZ *2
  • E of D'Urville Island, 60 metres, Cook Strait, NZ *2
  • W of Kapiti Island, NZ, (paratype of Monodilepas monilifera cookiana Dell, 1953)
more localities
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979 New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.41)

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