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Micro Molluscs

Micro Molluscs of NZ ! 

About 75% of New Zealand molluscs are less than 10mm long when adult. Micro-mollusc hunting has become an obsession for many of our Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) team members and participants. Micro-molluscs are very elegantly shaped and can be found washed up on our sandy shores, sorting these ‘teeny’ wonders has been reported as being very therapeutic. EMR has micro mollusc therpy packs and locket necklaces for sale on our online shop with all proceeds supportting the delivery of the EMR programme. 

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Micro mollusc ID Chart

EMR has developed our own micro mollusc ID chart that features true (less than 10mm) and juvenile species of common specimens found (and collected by hand) in North Eastern New Zealand. Download our chart.

We are working on version 2 with better images! 

Look complete specimens (the smaller the better), you may also find non-molluscs like brachiopod and bryozoa sand. All specimens must be beach cast only (no live specimens) and no collection  in any NZ marine reserves (or other MPA’s with special rules about shell collecting).

To help you classify and group your treasures  – follow this Shell Key https://www.otago.ac.nz/marine-studies/resources/download/otago371804.pdf

 For more questions about micro molluscs contact Samara Nicholas, MNZM This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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