Revised descriptions of New Zealand Cenozoic Mollusca from Beu and Maxwell (1990)
(Pl. 2x): paratype, GS1494, M46/f9500, Wangaloa, Wangaloan (TM5748, GNS)
Beu & Maxwell (1990): Chapter 5; p. 86; pl. 2 x.
Synonymy: Ongleya tholispira Finlay & Marwick 1937, p. 91
Type species of Ongleya Finlay & Marwick, 1937
Description: Moderately large for family (height c. 14 mm), broadly ovate. Protoconch heterostrophic, initial whorl small. Teleoconch of about 4 strongly convex whorls, last whorl very large, oval, with small pseudumbilicus. Sculpture of numerous strong spiral cords (c. 40 on last whorl) separated by deep, wide grooves that form regular pits where intersected by axial costellae. Aperture large, columella rather short with 2 distant, high plaits. Outer lip thin, not denticulate, strongly prosocline except near suture.
Comparison: Ongleya is monotypic, but is closely related to Tornatellaea Conrad, 1860 which also occurs at Wangaloa and Boulder Hill differing from it in having a domed rather than a conic spire, and a strongly prosocline rather than an opisthocline outer lip.
Distribution: Wangaloan, Wangaloa Formation, Wangaloa (type) (rare).
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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