New Zealand Seashells



A: Barnacles – actually a type of arthropod related to crabs and lobsters, attach to rocks.

B: Dorsinia – a type of clam.

C: Sand dollar fragment – apparently called a sea biscuit in New Zealand, related to starfish.

D: Feather

E: Turret shell—straight shell with spiraled body, also called screw shells.

F: Top shell—shaped like a child’s spinning top, found in area between the tides.

G: Mussel—attaches to rocks and wharf piles. Also farmed commercially in New Zealand.

H: Worn remains of the lip of Ostrich Foot Shell—often found on the beach.

I: Spiny murex—when alive, has spines surrounding entire shell. This is a specimen with almost all its spines broken off.

J: Scallop—fan-shaped shell, almost circular with two ears at base, various colors ranging from reddish-brown to purple, can grow up to 6 inches in size.

K: Triangle Shell—heavy shell with triangular face on one side.

L: Pipi—abundant on sandy beaches.

M: Tuatua—buried in sand near low tide. Traditional favorite food of Maori.

N: Ostrich Foot Shell—apparently resemble the hoof-like foot of an ostrich. These are washed ashore by the thousands here after a storm.

O: Arabic Volute—chocolate zig-zag pattern on shell resembles Arabic letters.

P: Crab claw

Q: Limpet—limpets clamp onto rocks on the seashore with a strong grip. When the tide is in, they move around and feed.


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