NZ Mollusca

Varinucula gallinacea (Finlay, 1930)

Varinucula gallinacea
MA70553. Holotype. Off Hen and Chickens Islands, Northland © Auckland Museum CC BY
Classification: Mollusca - Bivalvia - Protobranchia - Nuculida - Nuculidae: Nuculinae - Varinucula
Family: NUCULIDAE: NUCULINAE
Size/Grows to: Height 8.7mm, Width 9.8mm, Thickness 4mm
Distribution: North, South and Chatham Islands [A.C.F.M.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • SW of Cape Maria van Diemen, 103 metres, Far North, NZ *2
  • NW of Ahipara, 90 metres, Far North, NZ
  • NW of Ahipara, Far North, NZ
  • Doubtless Bay, 47 metres, Northland, NZ
  • Dredged in 80 metres of water, Off Cape Brett, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ *2
  • NE of Ninepin Rock, 75 metres, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • NE of Ninepin Rock, 79 metres, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • Off Takou Bay, 80 metres, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ *2
  • Bay of Islands, 67-73 metres, Northland, NZ
  • Bay of Islands, 58-64 metres, Northland, NZ *2
  • Bay of Islands, 54-58 metres, Northland, NZ
  • Deep Water Cove, Bay of Islands, 23-32 metres, Northland, NZ
  • E of Poor Knights Islands, 282 metres, Northland, NZ
  • W of Poor Knights Islands, 121-113 metres, Northland, NZ *2
  • Off Hen & Chicken Islands, 46 metres, Hauraki Gulf, NZ, (holotype) *2
  • Off Hen Island, 59 metres, Hauraki Gulf, NZ *2
  • N of Cuvier Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • N of Aldermen Islands, 108-113 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Off Aldermen Islands, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • SE of Aldermen Islands, 178-248 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • NW of Mayor Island, 198-273 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Off Mayor Island, 256-311 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • SE of Mayor Island, 203-248 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Off Matakaoa Point, Hicks Bay, East Cape, NZ
  • Off Matakaoa Point, Hicks Bay, East Cape, NZ
  • NNW of Orete Point, Cape Runaway, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • W of Cape Runaway, NW of Oreti Point, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Off Plate Island (Motunau), Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • N of Moutohora (Whale) Island, 129-139 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Ranfurly Bank, 153-143 metres, East Cape, NZ *2
  • W of Plate Island (Motunau), 64-59 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Off Plate Island (Motunau), 82 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • ENE of East Cape, NZ
  • SE of Plate Island, 59 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Between Moutohora (Whale) Island and White Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • N of Moutohora (Whale) Island, 72-84 metres, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • SE of East Cape, NZ
  • Off Raglan Harbour, 103 metres, Waikato, NZ
  • ENE of Tokomaru Bay, 144 metres, East Cape, NZ
  • ENE of Tolaga Bay, 139 metres, East Cape, NZ *2
  • E of Mahia Peninsula, Hawkes Bay, NZ *2
  • Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • S of Waverley, 77-82 metres, Taranaki, NZ *2
  • W of Rangitikei River Mouth, 75 metres, Manawatu, NZ *2
  • NW of Manawatu River mouth, 86 metres, South Taranaki Bight, NZ
  • NE of Stephens Island, 110 metres, NZ *2
  • NE of Stephens Island, 117-119 metres, NZ
  • NE of Stephens Island, 132 metres, NZ *2
  • Off Foxton, 86-88 metres, Manawatu, NZ
  • N of Kapiti Island, 91 metres, NZ
  • E of Stephens Island, 128 metres, NZ
  • Main channel, 18 metres, Port Hardy, D'Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds, NZ *2
  • W of Kapiti Island, 137 metres, NZ
  • ENE of Castlepoint, Wairarapa, NZ
  • Admiralty Bay, 44 metres, Marlborough Sounds, NZ
  • Between West Entry Point and Duffers Reef, 29 metres, Pelorus Sound mouth, Marlborough Sounds, NZ *2
  • Off Titirangi Bay, Guards Bay, N of Picton, Marlborough, NZ *2
  • Port Gore entrance, 15 metres, Marlborough Sounds, NZ
  • Between Motuara Island and White Rocks, 15 metres, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds, NZ *2
  • Queen Charlotte Sound, 18 metres, Marlborough Sounds, NZ
  • Off Pickersgill Island, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds, NZ
  • Otanerau Bay in East Bay, Arapawa Island, 20-29 metres, Marlborough Sounds, NZ *2
  • Off Flat Point, 137 metres, Wairarapa, NZ
  • Cloudy Bay, 89-95 metres, Blenheim, Cook Strait, NZ
  • Nicholson Canyon, 225-533 metres, off Turakirae Head, Cook Strait, NZ
  • Off Palliser Bay, Cook Strait, NZ
  • Off Palliser Bay, 128-146 metres, Cook Strait, NZ
  • Pegasus Canyon wall, 329-183 metres, NE of Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, NZ
  • Head of Pegasus Canyon, 446 metres, Canterbury, NZ
  • Pegasus Canyon, 256-293 metres, NE Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, NZ
  • NE of Kaingaroa, 220-229 metres (120-125 fathoms), Chatham Rise, NZ *2
  • SE of Pitt Island, 284 metres (155 fathoms), Chatham Islands, NZ *2
  • Dale Point, Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Entrance sill, 117 metres, Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Off Oamaru, Otago, NZ
  • Thompson Basin floor, 350 metres, Thompson Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Thompson Basin floor, 350 metres, Thompson Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Thompson Basin Floor, 319-324 metres, Thompson Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Thompson Basin floor, 340-362 metres, Thompson Sound, Fiordland, NZ *2
  • Seymour Basin, 117-128 metres, Doubtful Sound entrance, Fiordland, NZ *2
  • Bradshaw Basin floor, 417 metres, Bradshaw Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Bradshaw Basin Floor, 415 metres, Bradshaw Sound, Fiordland, NZ *2
  • Utah Basin floor, 400 metres, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Off point E of Joseph Point, 340 metres, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, NZ
  • Kellard Basin floor, 376 metres, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, NZ *2
more localities
References:
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.356)

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