Story: Shellfish

Close-up of a tusk shell necklace (2nd of 2)

Close-up of a tusk shell necklace

Tusk shells are the curved hollow tubes of burrowing shellfish, and were often used to make necklaces. Fossil tusk shells are common in some rocks around Southland.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Shellfish - Chitons, tusk shells and rare classes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/8035/close-up-of-a-tusk-shell-necklace (accessed 22 September 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006