Common throughout New Zealand both intertidally and in deeper water. Thought to have been introduced to California but shown in Sea Slug Forum to be a case of mistaken identity.
Shell and gizzard plates of specimen from Manukau Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand, July 1968. Gizzard plates slightly shrunken after 30 years of drying out. Scale: 10mm. Photo: Bill Rudman.
• Suter, H.H. (1909). Descriptions of new species and subspecies of New Zealand Mollusca, with notes on a few species. Proceedings of the Malacological Society, 8(4): 253-265, pl. 11
Rudman, W.B., 1998 (August 10) Philine auriformis Suter, 1909. [In] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet/philauri