Kōrero: Shellfish

Micropilina rakiura

Micropilina rakiura

This rare New Zealand shellfish, the size of a breadcrumb, was collected from sediment deep under the ocean surface. It belongs to the monoplacophorans, an uncommon class of shellfish, long known as fossils. The first living monoplacophoran was discovered only in 1952, and like this New Zealand species, was living in deep-water sediment.

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Reference: I.006706

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shellfish - Chitons, tusk shells and rare classes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/object/8036/micropilina-rakiura (accessed 29 September 2021)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006