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Scientific name: Paphies australis

Pipi lives in crowded beds on protected sand and mud flats of harbours and estuaries. It is smooth, and wedge shaped, with a thick shell, up to 100-mm in length. It is often found near stream outfalls on beaches, buried just below the surface of the sand. Young specimens may move about using long mucous strands as "floats."

They form dense beds on mid and lower tide zones and were eaten in astronomical numbers by ancient Maori. They are still very popular today.

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