NZ Mollusca

Argonauta argo Linnaeus, 1758

Argonauta argo
Washed up occasionally on sandy beaches
Classification: Mollusca - Cephalopoda - Coleoida - Octopoda - Argonautidae - Argonauta
Family: ARGONAUTIDAE
Size/Grows to: Length 150mm, Width 125mm
Distribution: Worldwide. Northern part of North Island, Northland to Mahia, and down to Waikanae. On sandy beaches [K.A.C.]
Notes: Paper Nautilus
Some known Localities
  • Ninety Mile Beach, Far North, NZ
  • Opoutama Beach, Mahia, Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • Waikanae Beach, Wellington, NZ
References:
  • Woods, K. Nov/2002: Argonaut, Cookia, 13 (p.55)
  • O'Shea, S. 1999: The Marine Fauna of New Zealand: Octopoda (Mollusca: Cephalopoda), NIWA Biodiversity Memoir, Wellington, 112 (p.87)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.444)

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