NZ Mollusca

Argonauta nodosus Lightfoot, 1786

Argonauta nodosusWashed up on beach, near Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay, NZ D. Houston
Classification: Mollusca - Cephalopoda - Coleoida - Octopoda - Argonautidae - Argonauta
Family: ARGONAUTIDAE
Size/Grows to: Length 140mm, Width 105mm
Distribution: North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands. Also Australia. On sandy beaches [K.A.C.F.M.]
Some known Localities
  • Great Barrier Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ
  • Kaipara Harbour, Northland, NZ
  • Mayor Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Portland Island, Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • Karaka Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • NW of Waitangi, Chatham Islands, NZ
References:
  • Spurgeon, A.M., Burch, K.W., Carson, K., Walton, K., Plaisted, J. Nov/2017 Notes on NZ Collected Species, Cookia, 29 (p.14)
  • 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.90)
  • Mienis, H.K. Nov/1998 On the Authorship of Argonauta nodosa, Poirieria, 23 (p.14)
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  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979 New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.445)
  • Douglas, W.N. Mar/1974 The Paper Nautilus, Argonauta nodosa Soalnder, 1786, Poirieria, 7(3) (p.67)

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