Tuatua

Maori name:
Scientific name: Paphies subtriangulata, P. donacina
Availability: Year round
Weight:
Length: 5–8cm diameter

 

Tuatua

Scientific name: Paphies subtriangulata, P. donacina
Availability: Year round
Length: 5–8cm diameter
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General

 

Location

P. subtriangulata occurs around the North Island and P. donacina around the South Island. Both species can be found on Cook Strait beaches.

Attributes

They can move up and down the beach (usually at night) when the tide is favourable and burrow once the tide changes. They have short siphons and do not burrow deeply. The two species are currently not differentiated at harvest.

Family

Tuatua belong to the Mesodesmatidae family (clams).

 

Related species:

 

Two closely-related species are harvested as Tuatua: P. subtriangulata and P. donacina. P. subtriangulata has parallel top and bottom edges. P. donacina has a bright, cream-coloured shell.

Sustainability

Tuatua are managed under the Quota Management System (QMS).  They are harvested year round.

Fishing methods

They are harvested year-round.