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Description of Nassarius berniceae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Nassariidae): a new species

Richard C. Willan
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Desmond L. Beechey
Australian Museum
16 October 2015


Nassarius berniceae is described as a new species based on material collected during the 2011 Kermadec Biodiscovery Expedition. It is endemic to the Kermadec Islands and one of only two species of shallow water (less than 50 m in depth) nassariid whelks occurring at these remote southwestern Pacific islands. Its affinities appear to lie with N. albomaculatus Rehder, 1980, a Polynesian endemic species, rather than with N. gaudiosus (Hinds, 1844), which is the name used for it in previous works on the Kermadec Islands molluscs, but that name relates to a different, widespread Indo-Pacific species.

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Richard C. Willan and Desmond L. Beechey. Description of Nassarius berniceae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Nassariidae): A new species of shallow water whelk endemic to the Kermadec Islands. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Bulletin of the Auckland Museum 20: 341:348.