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.
Last updated 8 years ago
Canterbury University Press
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.
Seashells: A Life-size Photo Guide to More Than 100 of New Zealand's M
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.
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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.
New Zealand Marine Studies Centre Home, New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand
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.
Canterbury University Press
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!
Dr Betty Batham (Director of Portobello Marine Laboratory,1951-74) wrote these cards to keep track of the many species found as she studied the marine habitats of southern NZ. The cards often include identification notes, distribution, abundance, and biology. Any many are illustrated with her pencil or water colour drawings or with black and white photographs.
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.