The handsome shell of this fish is recognised by its delicately tapered spire and conspicuous pattern of zigzag reddish-brown stripes. It lives under boulders and ledges in clean water-sheltered situations, but is not common. It grows to 3 in. in diameter. Whangarei Heads, Manukau Heads, Mount Maunganui, and Whanganui Inlet are good localities for this beautiful species.
by Arthur William Baden Powell, Assistant Director, Auckland Institute and Museum.