NZ Mollusca

Zelippistes benhami (Duter, 1902)

Zelippistes benhami
Washed up in shell sand, 12mm
Zelippistes benhami
In beach drift, Rarawa, Far North, NZ, 10.5mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Littorinimorpha - Capulidae - Zelippistes
Size/Grows to: Length 21mm, Width 9.5mm
Distribution: Northland to Bay of Plenty [A.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Off Three Kings Islands, 260 metres, NZ *2
  • Kapowairua, Spirits Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North, NZ, (holotype)
  • Rarawa Beach, Far North, NZ
  • Off Kingfish Point, 13-20 metres, Whangaroa Harbour, Northland, NZ *2
  • NE of Urupukapuka Island, Bay of Islands, Northland, NZ *2
  • Taupiri Bay, Northland, NZ
  • Smuggler's Bay, Whangarei Heads, Northland, NZ
  • Omaha Beach, Northland, NZ
  • Colville Channel, 37 metres, Hauraki Gulf, NZ *2
  • North Rock, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Motiti Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ
  • Boulder Bay, Moutohora (Whale) Island, Bay of Plenty, NZ *2
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W., Hipkins, K. Dec/2011: Manukau Harbour Mollusc Survey, 1952 to 1963, Poirieria, 36 (p.24)
  • Morley, M.S. Oct/1996: Zelippistes benhami (Suter, 1902): (Gastropoda: Capulidae), Poirieria, 19 (p.22)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.148)

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