Alaginella gatliffi (May, 1911)
Diagnosis: Shell small, transparent colourless to opaque white, strongly narrowed anteriorly; spire medium in height; aperture moderately wide; lip moderately thickened internally, varying from smooth to coarsely lirate, slightly flared posteriorly; external varix present; posterior notch weak; columella with moderate strength but thin plaits occupying slightly more than half the aperture.
Size: Adults 3 – 4 mm in length
Museum Collection: off Swain Reefs, central
Comparison: See A. ochracea.
Synonymy: Marginella laeviplicata Laseron, 1948 is a synonym of this species (NEW SYNONYM).
Remarks: This is a deep water species, not found as beach specimens.
Fig. 1: Paratype. Three miles east of Schouten Island, Tasmania, in 40 fathoms (73 m) (C.031617)
Fig. 2: Syntype of Marginella laeviplicata Laseron, 1948; 30-35 fathoms (55-64 m) off Crookhaven, NSW (C.103362)
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