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This is a list of the marine molluscs of the country of New Zealand, which are a part of the molluscan fauna of New Zealand, which is a part of the biodiversity of New Zealand.

Marine molluscs include marine gastropods (sea snails and sea slugs), bivalves (such as pipis, cockles, oysters, mussels, scallops), octopuses, squid and other classes of Mollusca. This list does not include the land and freshwater species.

Aplacophora

  • Proneomenia quincarinata

Polyplacophora

Acanthochitonidae

Mopaliidae

Callochitonidae

Chitonidae

  • Chiton glaucus
  • Onithochiton marmoratus
  • Onithochiton neglectus - Onithochiton neglectus neglectus, Onithochiton neglectus opiniosus, Onithochiton neglectus subantarcticus
  • Rhyssoplax aerea - Rhyssoplax aerea aerea, Rhyssoplax aerea huttoni
  • Rhyssoplax canaliculata
  • Rhyssoplax chathamensis
  • Rhyssoplax clavata
  • Rhyssoplax stangeri
  • Rhyssoplax suteri
  • Sypharochiton pelliserpentis
  • Sypharochiton sinclairi
  • Sypharochiton torri

Callochitonidae

  • Eudoxochiton nobilis

Ischnochitonidae

Leptochitonidae

  • Lepidopleurus finlayi
  • Lepidopleurus inquinatus
  • Lepidopleurus otagoensis

Loricidae

  • Lorica haurakiensis

Gastropoda

Nacellidae

Fissurellidae (keyhole limpets and slit limpets)

  • Cornisepta festiva
  • Monodilepas diemenensis
  • Monodilepas otagoensis
  • Scutus breviculus Blainville, 1817

Haliotidae

Calliostomatidae

  • Calliostoma selectum – select maurea
  • Selastele onustum

Trochidae (top snails)

  • Diloma subrostrata – mudflat top shell
  • Fossarina rimata
  • Herpetopoma alacerrimum
  • Herpetopoma bellum
  • Herpetopoma benthicola
  • Herpetopoma larochei
  • Herpetopoma mariae
  • Homalopoma crassicostata
  • Homalopoma fluctuata
  • Homalopoma imperforata
  • Homalopoma micans
  • Homalopoma nana
  • Homalopoma rotella
  • Homalopoma umbilicata
  • Homalopoma variecostata

Turbinidae

Neritidae

  • Nerita melanotragus – black nerite

Batillariidae

Turritellidae

Littorinidae (periwinkles)

Rissoidae

  • Alvania gallinacea
  • Alvania gradatoides

Struthiolariidae

Ranellidae

  • Charonia tritonis – giant triton
  • Fusitriton retiolus
  • Monoplex parthenopeus – giant triton
  • Ranella olearium (Linnaeus, 1758) – wandering triton

Hipponicidae (hoof snails)

  • Hipponix conicus wyattae

Buccinidae (whelks)

  • Cominella glandiformis – mud whelk

Muricidae

Volutidae

Olividae

Epitoniidae (wentletraps)

  • Funiscala maxwelli
  • Murdochella alacer

Janthinidae

  • Janthina janthina – violet snail

Okadaiidae

  • Vayssierea cinnabarea

Facelinidae

  • Babakina caprinsulensis

Bullidae

Siphonariidae

  • Benhamina obliquata

Amphibolidae

Onchidiidae

  • Onchidella nigricans


Bivalvia

Mesodesmatidae

Tellinidae

  • Macomona liliana – large wedge shell

Veneridae

Ostreidae

Pectinidae

Mytilidae

  • Gigantidas gladius
  • Mytilus edulis – blue mussel
  • Perna canaliculus – New Zealand green-lipped mussel

Pinnidae

  • Atrina zelandica – horse mussel


Scaphopoda

Gadilidae

  • Cadulus colubridens
  • Cadulus delicatulus
  • Cadulus teliger

Dentaliidae

  • Dentalium diarrhox
  • Dentalium ecostatum
  • Dentalium glaucarena
  • Dentalium nanum
  • Dentalium suteri
  • Dentalium tiwhana
  • Dentalium zelandicum

Cephalopoda

Spirulidae

  • Spirula spirula – ram's horn squid

Sepiadariidae

  • Sepioloidea pacifica – Pacific bobtail squid

Sepiolidae

  • Iridoteuthis maoria

Cranchiidae

Histioteuthidae

  • Histioteuthis reversa – reverse jewel squid

Octopodidae

Argonautidae

  • Argonauta nodosa – knobby argonaut
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