Identification of NZ Seashore Species

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Educational resources to help you identify and learn about the species you might find on the New Zealand Seashore.

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Native Animals Of New Zealand by AWB Powell has a number of marine species included. The black line drawings are very detailed and useful for identification. The short descriptions include common, scientific and Maori names.

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Struggling to identify the diversity of seaweeds on your local shoreline? This book will definitely help. A photographic guide, written by NZ's seaweed expert, Wendy Nelson, provides information about identification and ecology of NZ's marine plants.

The latest in a series of fish identification guides by Malcolm Francis. There are excellent photos for each species and up-to-date information about coastal fish from one of NZ's leading icthyologist.

Southern and Northern Rocky Shore Guides are a great for taking to the beach and identifying the common plants and animals. The guides have an excellent photograph, common and scientific name and maximum size for each species. Available on waterproof paper and in Te Reo. Copies can be ordered or downloaded from the NZ Marine Studies Centre.

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Southern and Northern Rocky Shore Guides are a great for taking to the beach and identifying the common plants and animals. The guides have an excellent photograph, common and scientific name and maximum size for each species. Available on waterproof paper and in Te Reo. Copies can be ordered or downloaded from the NZ Marine Studies Centre.

A great photographic guide to the treasures you find living and washed up on New Zealand beaches. Great layout and interesting tidbits of information. It will be loved by all ages. A companion book, Life-Size Guide to the New Zealand Rocky Shore is also worth finding.

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Marine worms... how can we tell the difference? Don't worry, NIWA has an on-line guide to the segmented worms found on the rocky and sandy/muddy shores.

Guide to New Zealand Shore Polychaetes: Introduction

Written and photographed by our very own Steve Wing, this is a book worth having. Although most of the species are subtidal, some are also found in the intertidal zone and there are very good general descriptions of the different invertebrate groups.

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This is now the bible for identification of NZ invertebrates. However only Volume 1 is available (including sponges, sea anemones & jellies, flatworms and molluscs). Each species description includes a photograph and information about morphology, habitat, abundance, distribution and depth range. Hopefully Volume 2 will be out soon!

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Established as a publications committee in 1964, Canterbury University Press has operated as a full-time publisher since 1991, producing about eight new books each year

New Zealand Fish: A Complete Guide

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The fold out poster is perfect for laying on the beach and positioning the seashells you find on the beach next to the lifesize photos for comparison. Easy to use and allows for comparison of the variety of molluscs found on the NZ shores.

Seashells: A Life-size Photo Guide to More Than 100 of New Zealand's M

Handy wallet-style folder containing lift-out full colour identification guide. It is printed on environmentally-friendly waterproof/tearproof plastic paper and the folder contains extra information relating to finding seashells in New Zealand.

NZ Marine Life Database can be found on the NZ Marine Studies Centre web site. Photos, classification, information on ecology and habitat can be found.

NZ Marine Life Database can be found on the NZ Marine Studies Centre web site. Photos, classification, information on ecology and habitat can be found.

New Zealand Marine Life Application just released by Auckland Museum will be a great help when trying to identify marine creatures on the New Zealand seahore. It features 130 of the most common coastal-dwelling marine mammals, reptiles, fish, shellfish, invertebrates, seaweeds and plants. This easy-to-use reference combines stunning imagery with information on each of the featured animal or plant’s biology, identifying characteristics, diet, habitat, native and endangered status.

New Zealand Marine Life Application just released by Auckland Museum will be a great help when trying to identify marine creatures on the New Zealand seahore. It features 130 of the most common coastal-dwelling marine mammals, reptiles, fish, shellfish, invertebrates, seaweeds and plants. This easy-to-use reference combines stunning imagery with information on each of the featured animal or plant’s biology, identifying characteristics, diet, habitat, native and endangered status.

Ascidians, commonly known as Sea Squirts, are common in the low tide zone. Bright colours but not easy to identify. This colourful, easy to follow guide can be downloaded from the NIWA web site or used on-line. It can be very helpful.

Awesome Ascidians

An interactive guide to the sea squirts (ascidians) of New Zealand's coastal waters.

Extraordinary Echinoderms, an interactive guide to the sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers in NZ waters. This is an easy to follow guide with good photos and information about distribution, depth and abundance.

Extraordinary Echinoderms

An interactive guide to the sea stars, brittle stars, feather stars, sea eggs, and sea cucumbers (echinoderms) of New Zealand.

Seaweeds are one of the hardest organisms on the rock shore to identify. The fantastic illustrations by Nancy Adams will help. This is a small field guide, but the Canterbury University Press has also published a more comprehensive volume which includes most of the NZ seaweed species.

Canterbury University Press

Established as a publications committee in 1964, Canterbury University Press has operated as a full-time publisher since 1991, producing about eight new books each year