NZ Mollusca

Suterilla neozelanica (Murdoch, 1988)

Suterilla neozelanicaFound under stones and rocks at extreme high tide, Far North, NZ, 2mm
Suterilla neozelanicaLiving under damp rocks at high tide, Far North, NZ, 2mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Littorinimorpha - Assimineidae - Suterilla
Size/Grows to: Height 2.75mm, Width 2.3mm
Distribution: Three Kings Islands, Northland to Napier and Chatham Islands. In splash zone [A.C.M.E.]
Some known Localities
  • Great Island, Three Kings Islands, NZ, under boulders in spash zone
  • Paxton Point, Great Exhibition Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Henderson Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Brampton Reef, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ
  • Smuggler's Bay, Whangarei Heads, Northland, NZ
  • Great Mercury Island, Hauraki Gulf, NZ
  • Oneroa Bay, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
  • Takapuna Reef, Auckland, NZ
  • Rangitoto Island, Auckland, NZ
  • Waihau Bay, East Cape, NZ
  • Kohi Point, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Napier, pre-earthquake Inner Harbour, Hawkes Bay, NZ, (paralectotype)
  • Titahi Bay, Porirua, Wellington, NZ
  • Black Rocks, Perano Head, Arapawa Island, Tory Channel entrance, Marlborough Sounds, NZ *2
  • Island Bay, Wellington, NZ
  • E side of Te Kaukau Point, E of Cape Palliser, Wellington, NZ
  • Between Whakatu & Avoca points, Kaikoura Peninsula, Canterbury, NZ
  • East Head, Kaikoura Peninsula, Canterbury, NZ
  • Te Ngiao coastal midden among boulders, SW of Waitangi, Chatham Islands, NZ *2
more localities
  • Marshall, B.A., Walton, K. 2015 New records of intertidal and shallow sub-tidal (to 30 m) Mollusca from the Chatham Islands, Cookia, 27 (p.3)
  • Fukuda, H., Ponder, W.F., Marshall, B.A. 2006 Anatomy and relationships of Suterilla Thiele (Caenogastropoda: Assimineidae) with descriptions of four new species, Molluscan Research, 26(3) (p.147)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979 New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.125)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1934 The High-Tidal Mollusca of Rangitoto Island, Auckland; with descriptions of a new Genus and two new Species, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 63 (p.147)

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