NZ Mollusca

Benthocardiella pusilla Powell, 1930

Benthocardiella pusilla
MA71391. Paratype. Dredged off Wanganui © Auckland Museum CC BY
Classification: Mollusca - Bivalvia - Heterodonta - Carditida - Condylocardiidae: Condylocardiinae - Benthocardiella
Family: CONDYLOCARDIIDAE: CONDYLOCARDIINAE
Size/Grows to: Width 0.8mm, Height 0.8mm
Distribution: North Island. Off east coast Northland and Taranaki [A.C.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Wanganella Bank summit, 120-126 metres, W Norfolk Ridge
  • N of Great Island, 155 metres, Three Kings Islands, NZ *2
  • Three Kings Trough, NW of Three Kings Islands, 622 metres, NZ *2
  • Middlesex Bank, off Three Kings Islands, 246-291 metres, NZ *2
  • Off Three Kings Islands, 252 metres, NZ *2
  • S of Great Island, 192-202 metres, Three Kings Islands, NZ *2
  • Off Spirits Bay, 68 metres, Far North, NZ *2
  • Off Spirits Bay, 63 metres, Far North, NZ
  • SE of Three Kings Islands, 121 metres, NZ *2
  • Off Spirits Bay, 48 metres, Far North, NZ
  • Off Spirits Bay, 47 metres, Far North, NZ
  • WNW of Cape Reinga, 121 metres, Far North, NZ *2
  • S of Great Island, 120 metres, Three Kings Islands, NZ *2
  • Off Spirits Bay, 29 metres, Far North, NZ
  • Off Great Exhibition Bay, 63 metres, Far North, NZ *2
  • Off Rangaunu Bay, 63 metres, Northland, NZ *2
  • Off Rangaunu Bay, 25 metres, Northland, NZ
  • N of Black & Moturoa Islands, 31 metres, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • North Reef, off NW tip Goat Island, Leigh, 18 metres, Northland, NZ *2
  • Off E side Ruamahua-nui Island, 38 metres, Aldermen Islands, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Off E side Mayor Island, 104-109 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Off E side of Mayor Island, 59-74 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • S of Patea, 40 metres, Taranaki, NZ *2
  • Off Wanganui, NZ, (holotype, paratype)
  • W of Westmere Road junction, E of Gladstone, Wairarapa, NZ (Fossil) *2
more localities
References:
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.410)

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