Antiponemertes allisonae (Moore, 1973)

Menzies Bay terrestrial ribbon worm



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Geonemertes allisonae Moore, 1973 (basionym)


Conservation Status

Missing (Moore et al., 2001)

Last (and only) record: 1961 (Gerlach, 2014)

IUCN RedList status: Endangered


A search in 1988 failed to find any specimens at the type locality (Gerlach, 2014), and the possibility that it is extinct has been raised (Moore et al., 2001), but wider surveys need to be undertaken as it has an estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) of 400 km2 (Gerlach, 2014) and may therefore occur well beyond the locus classicus.



Menzies Bay, Banks Peninsula, South Island, New Zealand


Biology & Ecology




NHML (Pantin Collection)






Original scientific description:

Moore, J. (1973). Land Nemertines of New Zealand. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 52(4): 293-313.


Other references:

Buckley, Thomas R., Palma, Ricardo L., Johns, Peter Malcolm, Gleeson, Dianne M., Heath, A. C. G., Hitchmough, R. A. and Stringer, I. A. N. (2012). The conservation status of small or less well known groups of New Zealand terrestrial invertebrates. New Zealand Entomologist 35(2): 137-143. [Supplemental Material]

Gerlach, J. (2014). Antiponemertes allisonae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. ( Downloaded on 29 January 2015.

Moore, J. and Gibson, R. (1981). Further studies on the evolution of land and freshwater nemerteans: generic relationships among the paramonostiliferous taxa. Journal of Zoology, London 216: 1-20.

Moore, J., Gibson, R. and Jones, H. D. (2001). Terrestrial nemerteans thirty years on. Hydrobiological 456: 1-6.

Norenburg, J., Gibson, R., Herrera Bachiller, A. and Strand, M. (2022). World Nemertea Database. Antiponemertes allisonae (Moore, 1973). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2022-04-03


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