NZ Mollusca

Spirula spirula (Linnaeus, 1758)

Spirula spirula
Washed up on Tokerau Beach, Northland, NZ, 20mm
Spirula spirula
Washed up on Tokerau Beach, Northland, NZ, 21mm
Classification: Mollusca - Cephalopoda - Coleoida - Spirulida - Spirulidae - Spirula
Family: SPIRULIDAE
Size/Grows to: Length 20mm, Width 15mm
Distribution: North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands [A.C.F.M.]
Notes: Rams Horn
Some known Localities
  • Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Tokerau Beach, Doubtless Bay, Northland, NZ
  • Muriwai, Auckland, NZ
  • Chatham Islands, NZ
  • Stewart Island, NZ
References:
  • Eagle, M.K. Oct/2013: The small, enigmatic Cephalopod Spirula spirula (Linnaeus, 1758) (Decabrachia, Suborder Spirulina) from the Tasman Sea, Poirieria, 37 (p.13)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.439)

Note: Localities are approximate, and represent only some of the known localities for the species.