List of marine molluscs of New Zealand

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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.

Contents

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

Polyplacophora

Acanthochitonidae

Mopaliidae

Callochitonidae

Chitonidae

Callochitonidae

Ischnochitonidae

Leptochitonidae

Loricidae

Gastropoda

Nacellidae

Fissurellidae (keyhole limpets and slit limpets)

Haliotidae

Calliostomatidae

Trochidae (top snails)

Turbinidae

Neritidae

Batillariidae

Turritellidae

Littorinidae (periwinkles)

Rissoidae

Struthiolariidae

Ranellidae

Hipponicidae (hoof snails)

Buccinidae (whelks)

Muricidae

Volutidae

Olividae

Epitoniidae (wentletraps)

Janthinidae

Okadaiidae

Facelinidae

Bullidae

Siphonariidae

Amphibolidae

Onchidiidae

Bivalvia

Mesodesmatidae

Tellinidae

Veneridae

Ostreidae

Pectinidae

Mytilidae

Pinnidae

Scaphopoda

Gadilidae

Dentaliidae

Cephalopoda

Spirulidae

Sepiadariidae

Sepiolidae

Cranchiidae

Histioteuthidae

Octopodidae

Argonautidae

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