NEW ZEALAND: Pleistocene, mostly Castlecliffian

New Zealand is a country with hundreds of fossil sites. There are deposits from a range of periods. The easiest one to visit is on the North Island near Whanganui at Castlecliff. Here good Pleistocene shells can be found. A very good book: "Cenozoic Mollusca of New Zealand" was presented by A.G.Beu and P.A.Maxwell, drawings by R.C.Brazier, New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt, 1990. A lot of shells can be identified with this publication.

We collected in the Castlecliffian for several days and also gained a lot of species through te kind assistance of John Marston in Wellington.


Screen 1: Acanthochitonina, Dentaliida, Patelloidea, Fissurelloidea
Cryptoconchus marwicki Dentalium nanum
Cryptoconchus marwicki (11 mm), colno 57221 Dentalium nanum (28 mm), colno 57311
Acmaea suteri Emarginula striatula
Acmaea suteri (3 mm), colno 35860
Omapu Shellbed
Emarginula striatula (26 mm), colno 35879
Next On to the Pliocene of New Zealand Back to general survey collections
Acanthochitonina Dentaliida Patelloidea Fissurelloidea Scissurelloidea Trochoidea Cirroidea Stromboidea Cerithoidea
Vermetoidea Littorinoidea Ptenoglossa Janthinoidea Buccinoidea Columbelloidea Conoidea Mitroidea Volutoidea
Muricoidea Naticoidea Calyptraeoidea Tonnoidea Pyramidelloidea Acteonoidea Bulloidea Amphiboloidea Bulimuloidea
Rhytidoidea Nuculoidea Nuculanoidea Arcoidea Limopsoidea Mytiloidea Pterioidea Pinnoidea Limoidea
Ostreoidea Pectinoidea Anomioidea Lucinoidea Galeommatoidea Carditoidea Chamoidea Cardioidea Mactroidea
Tellinoidea Glossoidea Veneroidea Myoidea Hiatelloidea Pholadoidea Pandoroidea Cuspidariina