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.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Kapowairua, Spirits Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Cape Reinga beach, Far North, NZ
  • Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North, NZ
  • Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Entrance to Kaimaumau Harbour, Rangaunu Bay, Northland, NZ *2
  • Taemaro Bay, NE of Kaitaia, Far North, NZ
  • Tauranga Bay, Whangaroa, Northland, NZ
  • Reef Point, Ahipara, Far North, NZ
  • Omapere, Hokianga, Northland, NZ
  • Tutukaka Harbour, Whangarei, Northland, NZ
  • Aranga Beach, S side of Maunganui Bluff, Northland, NZ
  • Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads, Northland, NZ
  • Smuggler's Bay, Whangarei Heads, Northland, NZ
  • Bream Tail, Northland, NZ
  • Off Te Hue Point, Little Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ *2
  • Okupu Bay, Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ
  • Goat Island Bay Beach, Leigh, Auckland, NZ
  • Lion Rock, between Cooks Bay & Mussel Rock, Whitianga, Coromandel, NZ
  • Motutara, Auckland, NZ
  • North Piha, Auckland, NZ
  • Off rock E of Ruamahua-nui, Aldermen Islands, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Huia Beach, Manukau Harbour, Auckland, NZ
  • E of Little Blowhole, South Head, Manukau Harbour, Auckland, NZ *2
  • Whangamata, Coromandel, NZ
  • Off E side of Mayor Island, 59-74 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • North Rock, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • East Cape, NZ
  • S end of Carters Beach, N of Raglan, Waikato, NZ
  • Whale Bay, Raglan, Waikato, NZ
  • Boulder Bay, Moutohora (Whale) Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Tuparoa, E of Ruatoria, SW of East Cape, NZ *2
  • Otarawairere Bay, Ohope, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Marokopa, S of Kawhia, Waikato, NZ
  • Tolaga Bay, East Cape, NZ
  • New Plymouth, Taranaki, NZ
  • Tawapata, Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • Waiinu Beach, S of Waitotara, Wanganui, NZ
  • Fossil Point, Farewell Spit, Tasman, NZ *2
  • Punapaua platform, S of Paturau River, W of Collingwood, Nelson, NZ *2
  • Long Beach, D'Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds, NZ *2
  • Mataikona, N of Castlepoint, Wairarapa, NZ
  • Greville Harbour, D'Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds, NZ
  • Castlepoint, Wairarapa, NZ
  • Wekakura Point, Kahurangi National Park, Northern Westland, NZ
  • Titahi Bay, Porirua, Wellington, NZ
  • Flat Point, SE of Masterton, Wairarapa, NZ *2
  • Day's Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • Worser Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • Lyall Bay, Wellington, NZ *2
  • Island Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • Owhiro Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • Little Wanganui River mouth, Karamea, Northern Westland, NZ
  • Mussel Point, Marfells Beach, Clifford Bay, W of Cape Campbell, Marlborough, NZ
  • Rocky point opposite Cape Foulwind, Northern Westland, NZ
  • Charleston, Westport, Westland, NZ
  • Kekerengu Point, SW of Cape Campbell, Marlborough, NZ
  • Greigs, N of Greymouth, Westland, NZ *2
  • Fyffe Cove, Kaikoura, Canterbury, NZ *2
  • Observation Point, Kaikoura, Canterbury, NZ *2
  • Motunau Island, 25 metres, South of Kaikoura, Canterbury, NZ
  • Sumner Beach, Christchurch, Canterbury, NZ
  • Off Whakapohai Rocks, N end of Murphy Beach, NE of Haast, Westland, NZ *2
  • Ocean Bay, Chatham Islands, NZ
  • Open Bay Islands, off Haast, Westland, NZ *2
  • S side of Smoothwater Bay, SW of Haast, Westland, NZ *2
  • Inside entrance to George Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Caswell Sound head, Fiordland, NZ
  • Cape Wanbrow, Oamaru, Otago, NZ
  • Shag Point, Otago, NZ
  • Heyward Point, Otago Peninsula, NZ
  • Papanui Beach, Otago Peninsula, NZ
  • St. Clair, Dunedin, Otago, NZ
  • Brighton, SW of Dunedin, Otago, NZ
  • Kaimataitai, Nugget Point, Otago, NZ
  • Picnic Point, SW of Balclutha, Otago, NZ
  • Bluff, Southland, NZ
  • Waipapa Point, Southland, NZ
  • Bungaree Beach, NW of Oban, Stewart Island, NZ
  • Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island, NZ
  • Mason Bay, Stewart Island, NZ
  • Murderers Bay, Big South Cape Island, Stewart Island, NZ *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