"The epithet is selected in honor of the native Maori people of New Zealand" (Blake, 1984: 151).
Blake, James A. (1984). Four new species of Spionidae (Polychaeta) from New Zealand, with comments on a syntype of <i>Spio aequalis</i> Ehlers from Chatham Island. <em>Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.</em> 97(1): 148-159.available online athttps://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/34553466 Available for editors [request]