NZ Mollusca

Tonna cumingii (Reeve, 1849)

Tonna cumingii
Washed up on Bream Bay, Northland, 39mm
Tonna cumingii
Found in beach drift, Far North, NZ, 44mm
Classification: Mollusca - Gastropoda - Caenogastropoda - Littorinimorpha - Tonnidae - Tonna
Family: TONNIDAE
Size/Grows to: Height 90mm, Width 65mm
Distribution: East Coast Northland [A.]
Notes: The species currently classified as Tonna cumingii in New Zealand could possibly be a new/different species or even more than one species. Until further research has been published, the current name of Tonna cumingii is used here
Some known Localities
  • Philippine Islands, Philippines, (holotype)
  • Great Exhibition Bay, Far North, NZ
  • Rarawa Beach, Far North, NZ
  • Rangaunu Bay, Northland, NZ
  • Uretiti Beach, Bream Bay, Whangarei, Northland, NZ
  • Waihau Bay, East Cape, NZ
References:
  • Vos, C. 2007: A Conchological Iconography 13, The family Tonnidae, ConchBooks, Hackenheim, Germany (p.79)
  • Paul, W.J. Mar/1979: New Zealand Tonnidae, Cookia, 3(1) (p.19)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1979: New Zealand Mollusca: Marine, Land and Freshwater Shells, Collins, Auckland (p.161)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1976: On the considerable influx of warm water molluscs that have invaded northern New Zealand waters within recent years, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 13 (p.149)
  • Powell, A.W.B. 1971: New Zealand Molluscan Systematics with Descriptions of New Species: Part 7, Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 8 (p.215)

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