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White-speckled Headshield Slug Biuve fulvipunctata

Date

July 28, 2014

Description

Posting courtesy of Wade Doak.

Photos by Jo Mchugh

This is a Speckled Swallow-tailed Sea Slug (Chelidonora fulvipunctata). It belongs to the group of sea slugs called head-shield slugs (Cephalaspidea) in which the head is covered by a protective shield of skin (head shield) and the rear of the body is covered by a second shield of skin (posterior shield). This animal is sick or has had an accident, so the skin from the posterior shield has been lost and the white underlying, disc-like shell is exposed. This is not a normal condition.

This species is shown in two photos on the top of page 119 in Neville Colemenâ's book 1001 Nudibranchs and Neville made up the common name of White-speckled Chelidonura for it.

This is only the third time Chelidonora fulvipunctata has been recorded from New Zealand and both the previous records also came from the Poor Knights Islands. Its occurrence in New Zealand was written up in the following article: Willan, R.C. & Perkins, A. 2011. Tropical marine species newly recorded from northern mainland New Zealand: one damselfish and three sea slugs. Pp. 79,86, figs 3,12. In: Kuric, A., Coutts, M. and Radjainia, M. (eds) Behind the Bubble Curtain: Auckland University Underwater Club 50th Anniversary Book. Auckland University Underwater Club: Auckland, New Zealand.
Best wishes, Dr.Richard Willan

White-speckled Headshield Slug - Photo (c) mscott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: White-speckled Headshield Slug (Biuve fulvipunctata)
Added on December 14, 2018.
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Beaded Samphire Salicornia quinqueflora

Observer

aunty

Date

May 17, 2015
Beaded Samphire - Photo (c) tangatawhenua, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Beaded Samphire (Salicornia quinqueflora)
Added on November 06, 2018.
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Yellow Flax Reinwardtia indica

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

June 21, 2018

Description

522-524 Blockhouse Bay Rd.

Yellow Flax - Photo (c) Dinesh Valke, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
nzwide's ID: Yellow Flax (Reinwardtia indica)
Added on June 21, 2018.
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grahame

Date

June 19, 2018
Austrocidaria gobiata - Photo (c) epitree, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Maurice
nzwide's ID: Austrocidaria gobiata, a member of Carpet Moths (Subfamily Larentiinae)
Added on June 20, 2018.
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Leather-leaf Fern Pyrrosia eleagnifolia

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

June 18, 2018

Description

Vicinity of 1 Hutchinson Ave. Growing on the roof of a bus shelter on Hutchinson Ave.

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Leather-leaf Fern - Photo (c) Petra White, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
nzwide's ID: Leather-leaf Fern (Pyrrosia eleagnifolia)
Added on June 18, 2018.
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Strawberry Tree Arbutus unedo

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

June 18, 2018

Description

139 Portage Rd. Front garden.

Strawberry Tree - Photo (c) majo00, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), uploaded by Mary Joyce
nzwide's ID: Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)
Added on June 18, 2018.
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Three Kings Trumpet Vine Tecomanthe speciosa

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

June 18, 2018

Description

77-81 Margan Ave. Climber on fence.

Three Kings Trumpet Vine - Photo (c) nzwide, all rights reserved, uploaded by Phil Bendle
nzwide's ID: Three Kings Trumpet Vine (Tecomanthe speciosa)
Added on June 18, 2018.
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Lemon Tree Borer Parasitoid Wasp Xanthocryptus novozealandicus

Observer

steve_kerr

Date

April 5, 2018 12:36 PM NZST
Lemon Tree Borer Parasitoid Wasp - Photo (c) epitree, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Maurice
nzwide's ID: Lemon Tree Borer Parasitoid Wasp (Xanthocryptus novozealandicus)
Added on April 06, 2018.
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Western Honey Bee Apis mellifera

Observer

steve_kerr

Date

April 5, 2018 12:31 PM NZST
Western Honey Bee - Photo (c) Oregon Department of Agriculture, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
nzwide's ID: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Added on April 06, 2018.
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Observer

yanidubin

Date

January 12, 2017 03:01 AM NZDT

Description

A Mitophyllus of some sort I suspect.

I found it fascinating. The antenae certainly put me in mind of a reindeer, and it has a beard under the mouth.

It was flailing around on its back in an unlit (but high sided) candle in our bathroom. I took a few photos before releasing it.

Mitophyllus irroratus - Photo (c) philip-howe, all rights reserved
nzwide's ID: Mitophyllus irroratus, a member of Stag Beetles (Family Lucanidae)
Added on March 30, 2018.
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Atkinson's Bird-dropping Spider Celaenia atkinsoni

Observer

steve_kerr

Date

October 21, 2017 10:04 AM NZDT

Description

Araneidae: Celaenia olivacea - Bird-dropping spider

Celaenia olivacea - Photo (c) Jeff Fryett, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Celaenia olivacea, a member of Bird-dropping Spiders (Genus Celaenia)
Added on October 22, 2017.
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New Zealand Cabbage Tree Cordyline australis

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

October 19, 2017 01:09 PM NZDT
New Zealand Cabbage Tree - Photo (c) Steve Reekie, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: New Zealand Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis)
Added on October 21, 2017.
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New Zealand Cabbage Tree Cordyline australis

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

October 19, 2017 01:09 PM NZDT
New Zealand Cabbage Tree - Photo (c) Steve Reekie, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: New Zealand Cabbage Tree (Cordyline australis)
Added on October 21, 2017.
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steve_kerr

Date

April 11, 2015 01:53 PM NZST
Zebra Shield Bug - Photo (c) Graeme Cocks, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
nzwide's ID: Zebra Shield Bug (Austromalaya reticulata)
Added on October 18, 2017.
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Matted Pratia Lobelia pedunculata

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

October 11, 2017

Description

Berm outside 52 Francis Curtis Ave.

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Matted Pratia - Photo (c) Chris Jonkers, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Matted Pratia (Lobelia pedunculata)
Added on October 11, 2017.
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Painted Lady Gladiolus carneus

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

October 10, 2017

Description

144 Whitney St. Front garden.

Painted Lady - Photo (c) Tony Rebelo, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)
nzwide's ID: Painted Lady (Gladiolus carneus)
Added on October 10, 2017.
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Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

October 1, 2017 12:47 PM +13

Description

14 seen.

Rock Pigeon - Photo (c) Kentish Plumber, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
nzwide's ID: Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)
Added on October 01, 2017.
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Silver Birch Betula pendula

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

March 18, 2017 10:42 AM NZDT
Silver Birch - Photo (c) Полина Яковлевна Лихачева, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Silver Birch (Betula pendula)
Added on September 23, 2017.
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Narrow-leaved Lacebark Hoheria angustifolia

Observer

steve_kerr

Date

February 27, 2017 03:46 PM NZDT
Narrow-leaved Lacebark - Photo (c) Steve Attwood, all rights reserved
nzwide's ID: Narrow-leaved Lacebark (Hoheria angustifolia)
Added on September 21, 2017.
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Mumu Chafer Stethaspis longicornis

Observer

simonnicholas

Date

February 3, 2017 06:24 PM +13
Mumu Chafer - Photo (c) paddy, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Mumu Chafer (Stethaspis longicornis)
Added on September 18, 2017.
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Domestic Cat Felis catus

Observer

mikefake

Date

July 5, 2017 03:25 PM NZST

Description

"Ross" the cat, showing blatant disregard for local conservation issues

Domestic Cat - Photo (c) Robin Gwen Agarwal, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Domestic Cat (Felis catus)
Added on July 27, 2017.
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Kea Nestor notabilis

Observer

div

Date

July 24, 2016

Description

Kea are well camouflaged – they have green-brown plumage with just a red rump patch above the tail. The drab colours are no doubt to avoid the attention of birds of prey, in particular the now-extinct giant Haast’s eagle. However, the feathers under their wings are scarlet with dark brown and gold bars.
Kea are unusual as they actively seek out and interact with people.

Kea - Photo (c) Katja Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY)
nzwide's ID: Kea (Nestor notabilis)
Added on July 26, 2017.
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jussiep

Date

July 4, 2017 03:35 PM NZST

Description

I found this fungi growing on a silver birch stump. At a guess I would say it is approx. 130-150mm across.

Grifola - Photo (c) Thierry Bissonnette, some rights reserved (CC BY)
nzwide's ID: Genus Grifola, a member of Shelf Fungi (Order Polyporales)
Added on July 05, 2017.
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New Zealand Looper Epyaxa rosearia

Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

June 22, 2017

Description

Resting on outside wall of Landcare building, above side door.

New Zealand Looper - Photo (c) Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd., some rights reserved (CC BY)
nzwide's ID: New Zealand Looper (Epyaxa rosearia)
Added on June 23, 2017.
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stephen_thorpe

Date

June 21, 2017

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Darwinia taxifolia - Photo (c) QuestaGame, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
nzwide's ID: Darwinia taxifolia, a member of Myrtle Family (Family Myrtaceae)
Added on June 21, 2017.
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Yelloweye Mullet Aldrichetta forsteri

Observer

jacqui-jones

Date

April 21, 2017 02:03 PM NZST
Yelloweye Mullet - Photo (c) Sascha Schulz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Yelloweye Mullet (Aldrichetta forsteri)
Added on May 14, 2017.
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Spectacular Rustgill Gymnopilus junonius

Observer

jussiep

Date

April 23, 2017 01:59 PM NZST

Description

Location is approximate. Is this Laughing Jim?

Spectacular Rustgill - Photo Bernard Spragg. NZ, no known copyright restrictions (public domain)
nzwide's ID: Spectacular Rustgill (Gymnopilus junonius)
Added on April 25, 2017.
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Velvetworms Phylum Onychophora

Observer

jussiep

Date

April 23, 2017

Place

Missing Location

Description

We found this elusive character on the South Western side of Mt Taranaki, right on the park boundary a couple of metres from the Oaonui river. My partner Don found it underneath an old rotting log (good spotting on his behalf as he's only ever seen one of these previously) - sorry, but we have no idea what sort of log it was under. We released it back to it's home after a wee photo shoot.

Velvetworms - Photo (c) caseytunia, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Velvetworms (Phylum Onychophora)
Added on April 25, 2017.
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Devil's-Fingers Clathrus archeri

Observer

davidwhyte

Date

March 30, 2017 12:59 PM NZDT

Description

Just outside the public loos in pirongia. Had clearly been kicked, but still was stinky and attacking flies. Found the 'pod' that it had come from. More were on their way.

Devil's-Fingers - Photo (c) Cordula Bernert, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Devil's-Fingers (Clathrus archeri)
Added on March 30, 2017.
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Harlequin Glorybower Clerodendrum trichotomum

Observer

kiwifergus

Date

June 1, 2015 04:58 PM NZST
Harlequin Glorybower - Photo (c) Kuan-Chieh (Chuck) Hung, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
nzwide's ID: Harlequin Glorybower (Clerodendrum trichotomum)
Added on February 13, 2017.
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