3. The following natural history notes by W. Buller, sc. D., F.L.S., F.G.S., were read. Remarking on Capt. Hutton's paper on “The Lizards of New Zealand,”* the author stated:—
“Captain Hutton, remarks (p. 171), “The figure of N. elegans in the Transactions of the New Zealand Institute, III., p. 4, is not that species, but N. punctatus.”
[Footnote] *See Trans. N.Z. Inst., Vol. IV., p. 167.
Dr. Günther says that N. elegans and N. punctatus are one and the same species.
“I fear Captain Hutton is wrong in referring his new species to the genus Norbea. Dr. Günther is of the same opinion, and considers the existence of such a form in New Zealand as improbable as the occurrence there of a crocodile!
“The ‘depression on the top of the head’ may be a mere abnormity of character, for this is very common among the lizards.
“There are two specimens of my. N. sulphureus in the British Museum, one of them presented by Dr. Sinclair the other by Capt. Byron Drury, R.N
“I think Capt. Hutton will find, on further inquiry, that Dr. Hector's type-specimen did come originally from the Hot Springs.