Art. XL.—On Flabellum rugulosum, Tenison-Woods.
[Read before the Wellington Philosophical Society, 4th October,1905.]
Flabellum rugulosum, Tenison-Woods, “Palæontology of New Zealand” part iv, “Corals and Bryozoa of the Neozoic Period in New Zealand,” 1880, p. 12, figs. 8, a, b
Captain J. Bollons, of the Government steamer “Hinemoa,” dredged living specimens of this fine coral in 50 fathoms between Cuvier and Mokohinau Islands, and very kindly presented me a specimen. Unfortunately, the animal had already been removed, but Captain Bollons told me that it was beautifully banded with white and scarlet. My example agrees in every particular with specimens from the Pliocene of Wanganui, but it is larger than any I have seen. Altitude, 44 mm.; axis, 60 mm.; min. axis, 20 mm.
This interesting addition brings the number of New Zealand species of the genus up to two, F. rubrum, Q. and G., being the other species. This latter is not uncommon on rocks at low-water mark in Hauraki Gulf, and is very conspicuous by its scarlet animal. Unfortunately, in alcohol the colour is completely lost.