NZ Mollusca

Murexsul espinosus (Hutton, 1885)

Murexsul espinosus
From off White Island in about 20 metres, 33mm
Classification: Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Neogastropoda
Size/Grows to: Height 35mm, Width 17mm
Distribution: Late Pliocene to early Pleistocene, eastern North Island between Hastings and Cape Palliser. Recent from Ranfurly Bank, off East Cape to off Mahia Peninsula [A.C.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Off White Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Ranfurly Bank, 94 metres, East Cape, NZ
  • Ranfurly Bank, 153-143 metres, East Cape, NZ *2
  • E of Table Cape, Mahia Peninsula, 41-46 metres, Hawkes Bay, NZ
  • NNW of Napier, hillside N of Petane Pa, N of mouth of Esk River, early Pleistocene, Hawkes Bay, NZ (Fossil), (lectotype)
  • Former cutting on disused section of Ashcott Road, WNW of Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, NZ (Fossil), (fossil) *2
  • N bank Mangahao River, 1.6 km S of Mangahao, WNW of Pahiatua, Manawatu, NZ (Fossil), (fossil)
  • Palliser Bay, coastal cliff W of Whangaimoana, coral thicket, Wellington, NZ (Fossil)
  • Marshall, B.A. 2014: Recent occurrence of Murexsul espinosus (Hutton, 1885) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Muricidae) off the south-eastern North Island, New Zealand with some notes on other neogastropods endemic to the south-eastern North Island, Molluscan Research, 34(1) (p.49)
  • Beu, A.G., Maxwell, P.A. 1990: Cenozoic Mollusca of New Zealand, New Zealand Geological Survey, 58 (p.359)

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