NZ Mollusca

Mammilla simiae (Deshayes in Deshayes & Edwards, 1838)

Mammilla simiae
Washed up on the Northland east coast, 25mm
Mammilla simiae
A carnivorous Gastropod found occasionally below low tide in the sand
Mammilla simiae
Washed up in beach drift, Rarawa Beach, Far North
Classification: Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Hypsogastropoda
Size/Grows to: Height 30mm, Width 25mm
Distribution: Northland to East Cape. Also Kermadec and Norfolk Islands. In beach drift and alive from low tide [K.A.]
Some known Localities
  • New Caledonia
  • N of Steels Point, Norfolk Island *2
  • Norfolk Island
  • SW point of Nepean Island, Norfolk Island *2
  • W side Meyer Island, Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
  • NE bay of Meyer Island, Raoul Island
  • Off Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Kapowairua, Spirits Bay, Far North
  • Cape Maria van Diemen, Far North
  • Te Hapua, Parengarenga Harbour, Far North
  • Paua, Parengarenga Harbour, Far North
  • Great Exhibition Bay, Far North
  • Paxton Point, Great Exhibition Bay, Far North
  • Off Rarawa Beach, Great Exhibition Bay *2
  • Rarawa Beach, Far North
  • Matai Bay, Karikari Peninsula, Northland
  • New South Wales, Australia
  • Taemaro Bay, NE of Kaitaia
  • Takou Bay, Northland
  • Waewaetorea Channel, Bay of Islands *2
  • Tapeka Point, Bay of Islands, Northland
  • Taupiri Bay, Northland
  • Poor Knights, Northland
  • Near Otamure Bay, Whananaki, Northland
  • Island Bay, Matapouri, Whangarei *2
  • Great Barrier Island
  • Te Arai Point, Northland
  • Te Arai Point, Northland
  • Oruawharo Bay, Great Barrier Island
  • Off E side of Mayor Island, Bay of Plenty, 59-74 metres *2
  • Ranfurly Bank, East Cape, 94-89 metres *2
  • Waihau Bay, East Cape
more localitiesspecies mapgenus map
  • 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.220)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.156)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1935: Gastropods new to the New Zealand Fauna; with descriptions of six new Species and a new Subspecies, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 64 (p.156)
  • Oliver, W.R.B. 1914: The Mollusca of the Kermadec Islands, Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 47 (p.524)

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