NZ Mollusca

Lamellaria ophione Gray, 1850

Lamellaria ophione
In beach drift, Rarawa, Far North, 8mm
Lamellaria ophione
Alive under a rock at low tide, Far North, NZ, animal 10-12mm
Lamellaria ophione
Alive under a rock at low tide, Far North, NZ, animal 10-12mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Littorinimorpha - Velutinidae: Lamellariinae - Lamellaria
Family: VELUTINIDAE: LAMELLARIINAE
Size/Grows to: Height 18mm, Width 15mm
Distribution: Kermadecs, North and South Island, more common in north [K.A.C.]
Notes: Endemic
Some known Localities
  • Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North, NZ
  • Parengarenga Harbour, Far North, NZ
  • Rarawa Beach, Far North, NZ
  • Bland Bay, Northland, NZ
  • Auckland, NZ, (holotype)
  • Manukau Harbour, Auckland, NZ
  • Tahunanui Beach, Nelson, NZ
  • N side of Smoothwater Bay, SW of Haast, Westland, NZ
References:
  • Morley, M.S., Hayward, B.W. 2015: Intertidal records of 'sea slugs' (nudibranchs and allied opisthobranch gastropods) from northern North Island, New Zealand, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 50 (p.78)
  • Brook, F.J., Marshall, B.A. 1998: The coastal molluscan fauna of the northern Kermadec Islands, southwest Pacific Ocean, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 28 (p.219)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.150)

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