This table lists the wide variety of shellfish whose shells archaeologists have found discarded in middens (ancient rubbish sites). Today, Māori still gather shellfish but from a much more limited range.
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Source: Margaret S. Morley, Seashells of New Zealand. Auckland: New Holland, 2004, and Andrew Crowe, Which seashell? Auckland: Penguin, 1999
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