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Specimens collected around the North Island and northeastern South Island (Marlborough Sounds, Canterbury); Stewart I. and Chatham Is. Not recorded from Otago, South-Westland, Fiordland, Southland and Snares Islands. Spawning probably occurs from late spring to early summer (Ref. 9003). Voucher specimen(s) held at the NMNZ (Ref. 5755). Also Ref. 45524.