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Puputarakihi - Paper Nautilus

Its Maori name translates most appropriately as ‘the shell like a cicada’ for its delicacy and function are both mirrored by the moult case left by the cicada when it climbs from the ground to change into its adult form. Another name, Muwheke, acknowledges that likeness but also gives its function as the egg case of wheke or squid.

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