NZ Mollusca

Micrelenchus tesselatus (A.Adams, 1851)

Micrelenchus tesselatus
Tolaga Bay, East Cape, 9mm
Classification: Gastropoda - Vetigastropoda
Synonyms: (=Cantharidus Montfort)
Size/Grows to: Height 9mm, Width 8mm
Distribution: North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands [A.C.F.E.]
Some known Localities
  • Kapowairua, Spirits Bay, Far North
  • Cape Reinga beach, Far North
  • Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North
  • Henderson Bay, Far North
  • Entrance to Kaimaumau Harbour, Rangaunu Bay *2
  • Taemaro Bay, NE of Kaitaia
  • Tauranga Bay, Whangaroa, Northland
  • Reef Point, Ahipara, Far North
  • Omapere, Hokianga, Northland
  • Tutukaka Harbour, Whangarei
  • Aranga Beach, S side of Maunganui Bluff
  • Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads
  • Smuggler's Bay, Whangarei Heads
  • Bream Tail, Northland
  • Off Te Hue Point, Little Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf *2
  • Okupu Bay, Great Barrier Island
  • Goat Island Bay Beach, Leigh
  • Lion Rock, between Cooks Bay & Mussel Rock, Whitianga
  • Motutara, West of Auckland
  • North Piha, W of Auckland
  • Off rock E of Ruamahua-nui, The Aldermen Islands
  • Huia Beach, Manukau Harbour
  • E of Little Blowhole, South Head, Manukau Harbour *2
  • Whangamata, Coromandel
  • Off E side of Mayor Island, Bay of Plenty, 59-74 metres *2
  • Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty
  • North Rock, Mount Maunganui
  • East Cape
  • S end of Carters Beach, N of Raglan
  • Whale Bay, Raglan, Waikato
  • Boulder Bay, Moutohora (Whale) Island, Bay of Plenty *2
  • Tuparoa, E of Ruatoria, SW of East Cape *2
  • Otarawairere Bay, Ohope *2
  • Marokopa, S of Kawhia
  • Tolaga Bay, East Cape
  • New Plymouth
  • Tawapata, Mahia Peninsula
  • Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay
  • Waiinu Beach, S of Waitotara
  • Fossil Point, Farewell Spit *2
  • Punapaua platform, S of Paturau River, W of Collingwood *2
  • Long Beach, D'Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds *2
  • Mataikona, N of Castlepoint
  • Greville Harbour, D'Urville Island
  • Castlepoint, Wairarapa
  • Wekakura Point, Kahurangi National Park
  • Titahi Bay, Porirua, Wellington
  • Flat Point, SE of Masterton *2
  • Day's Bay, Wellington
  • Worser Bay, Wellington Harbour
  • Lyall Bay, Wellington *2
  • Island Bay, Wellington
  • Owhiro Bay, Wellington
  • Little Wanganui River mouth, Karamea
  • Mussel Point, Marfells Beach, Clifford Bay, W of Cape Campbell
  • Rocky point opposite Cape Foulwind
  • Charleston, Westport
  • Kekerengu Point, SW of Cape Campbell
  • Greigs, N of Greymouth *2
  • Fyffe Cove, Kaikoura *2
  • Observation Point, Kaikoura *2
  • Motunau Island, South of Kaikoura, 25 metres
  • Sumner Beach, Christchurch
  • Off Whakapohai Rocks, N end of Murphy Beach, NE of Haast *2
  • Ocean Bay, Chatham Islands
  • Open Bay Islands, off Haast *2
  • S side of Smoothwater Bay, SW of Haast *2
  • Inside entrance to George Sound, Fiordland
  • Caswell Sound head, Fiordland
  • Cape Wanbrow, Oamaru
  • Shag Point, Otago
  • Heyward Point, Otago Peninsula
  • Papanui Beach, Otago Peninsula
  • St. Clair, Dunedin
  • Brighton, SW of Dunedin
  • Kaimataitai, Nugget Point, Otago
  • Picnic Point, SW of Balclutha
  • Bluff, South Island
  • Waipapa Point, Southland
  • Bungaree Beach, NW of Oban, Stewart Island
  • Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island
  • Mason Bay, Stewart Island
  • Murderers Bay, Big South Cape Island *2
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References:
  • Donald, K.M., Spencer, H.G. 2016: Phylogeographic patterns in New Zealand and temperate Australian cantharidines (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Trochidae: Cantharidinae): Trans-Tasman divergences are ancient, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 100 (p.341)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.57)

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