Revised descriptions of New Zealand Cenozoic Mollusca from Beu and Maxwell (1990)
(Pl. 15j): Trig Z, Otiake, Waitakian (GNS, from an early collection)
Beu & Maxwell (1990): Chapter 10; p. 160; pl. 15 j.
Synonymy: Cominula (Procominula) denselirata Finlay 1926b, p. 242-243
Description: Small for genus (height 12-14 mm), ovate, spire a little less than half total height. Protoconch dome-shaped, of 1.2 strongly convex whorls, smooth except for a few weak axial costellae on last quarter-whorl. Teleoconch of 4.5 whorls, obtusely angled near middle on spire; last whorl excavated, with short neck. Axial sculpture of narrowly rounded costae with broad, concave interspaces, prominent from lower suture to shoulder angle on spire, but weaker or obsolete on ramp; barely persisting onto base; 8-10 costae on penultimate whorl. Spiral sculpture of numerous narrow, rather subdued cords with narrower interspaces, some shells with a slightly stronger cord on periphery. Aperture rather small with a short, left-deflected siphonal canal, notched anteriorly, forming a low fasciole. Outer lip smooth or finely lirate within.
Comparison: The subgenus Conimella (Procominula) includes distinctive buccinulids similar to Cominella (sensu stricto) but of smaller size and having a rather better-defined siphonal canal, and is recorded so far only from mid-shelf to upper bathyal assemblages from North Otago and South Canterbury. C. denselirata differs from the other species primarily by its fine spiral sculpture.
Distribution: Waitakian; Otekaike Limestone, Trig Z, Otiake (type) (moderately common); Campbell Park School (uncommon).
Cite this publication as: "A.G. Beu and J.I. Raine (2009). Revised
descriptions of New Zealand Cenozoic Mollusca from Beu and Maxwell (1990). GNS
Science miscellaneous series no. 27."
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