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Cellana H. Adams.

Extremely abundant on rocks between tide-marks throughout the Kermadec Islands, the members of this genus constitute a highly variable and puzzling array of forms, diverging into four distinct types, which I have ranked as species. But though typical examples of these four species cannot be confused, and are distinguished by characters of form and sculpture which undoubtedly would be counted as of good specific value in any genus, yet intermediate forms appear so frequently and of such non-characteristic features, and any form merges by so complete a series into each of the others, that it is impossible exactly to define the limits of the species here accepted. But the differences between the extreme forms are so great that it is inconceivable that any one could produce any of the others; consequently I have no hesitation in ranking them as species, notwithstanding the multitude of intermediate variations. Especially bewildering to the despairing systematist are young shells, where nondescript forms inseparable into well-defined groups gradually pass into all four species. This is a suggestive and perhaps significant fact, for it may be that there are four or more species now in course of production in the Kermadec Group, and the form with the least distinctive characters—that which agrees with the type of C. craticulatus—possibly approaches most closely to the supposed ancestor. A relationship between variation on the one hand and habitat and distribution on the other is also indicated, for, although all the forms were found on Sunday Island, two only—C. craticulatus prolixus and C. hedleyi—were there dominant, and these showed a tendency to group themselves in distinct belts, prolixus usually occurring higher up on the rocks than hedleyi. C. vulcanicus was chiefly found on the outlying Meyer Island; C. hedleyi currugata was the only form found on Macauley Island; while C. scopulinus alone was collected on French Rock.

To sum up, the examination of ample material leads me to the conclusion that in the Kermadec Group there exist about four species of Cellana in process of being formed out of a single species, and the young of all are frequently so much alike that a satisfactory disposition is scarcely possible. I can suggest no explanation of any value as to the cause of this great variability. An inherent tendency to vary which must be postulated for all organisms apparently has had full scope for the production of variants, while, perhaps through the non-arrival of other competitors in the area, selection has not acted on the variable characters. Cellana is not the only genus in which apparent unlimited variability has taken place in the Kermadec Islands The case of Pterodroma neglecta is perhaps one of the most remarkable among birds. In this species every variation of colour between a uniformly black bird and one all white except the wings and back may be seen during the breeding season at Sunday Island.

Cellana craticulatus (Suter).

Helcioniscus craticulatus Suter, Pro. Mal. Soc., vi, 352, 1905.

Recorded, Suter, l.c.

Shell depressed, height 0.24 to 0.32 of length, broadly elliptical, narrowed in front. Apex about one-third the length from the anterior end. Anterior slope nearly straight, posterior slope arched. Margin finely crenulate. Sculpture: Exterior with numerous (about 70) close, radiating, small, slightly irregular riblets, made slightly uneven or minutely beaded by concentric growth-lines. Colour: Above dark green, variously marked with

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blotches of grey or radiating stripes of yellowish. Interior iridescent slaty blue, spatula brown with white centre. Dark colour-markings (seen on holding shell to light) in narrow radiating streaks; sometimes broader bands are faintly indicated.

Length, 25.2 mm. Breadth, 21.4 mm. Height, 7.0 mm.
", 24.2 mm. ", 20.2 mm. ", 5.8 mm.
", 27.8 mm. ", 22.7 mm. ", 8.8 mm.

This is a most variable species, to which I assign a multitude of depressed shells which I cannot satisfactorily place under any other species. I would venture to say that its variants afford ample material for the production of all the species of Cellana in the Kermadecs.

Habitat.—Abundant living on rocks between tide-marks, Sunday Island; most frequent about half-tide mark.

Subsp. prolixus n. subsp. Figs. 1 and 1a.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell depressed, height 0.29 of length, broadly elliptical, slightly narrowed in front. Apex at the anterior fourth. Anterior slope very slightly concave; posterior slope convex above, the lower half straight. Margin crenulate. Sculpture: The apical portion is corroded and sharply marked off from the remainder of the shell, which is ornamented by numerous (over 100) fine radiating riblets. These are slightly irregular in size, tending to groups of threes, the central one of which is slightly larger than the others. All are crossed by concentric growth-lines, giving a fine beaded appearance. Colour: The apical portion greyish-white with a row of brown spots at the margin. Basal portion pale lemon-yellow, darker above, with numerous radiating narrow brown lines. Interior iridescent lemon-yellow with radiating brown lines, spatula brown with a white centre.

Length, 32 mm. Breadth, 28.2 mm. Height, 9.2 mm.

Variations from Type.—In its typical state this variety is very distinct. On the ground-colour and interior becoming darker it passes over into the typical form. The apex may be quite or not at all corroded. A corroded apex surrounded by a whitish ring showing radiating brown bands is a characteristic feature of this subspecies, and appears frequently in young shells.

Length, 31.4 mm. Breadth, 26.4 mm. Height, 7.4 mm.
", 27.0 mm. ", 22.5 mm. ", 7.2 mm.
", 21.5 mm. ", 18.0 mm. ", 5.8 mm.

This subspecies I at first supposed to be the true craticulatus, and Iredale also (Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 72) has confused both this form and C. scopulinus with the type of craticulatus. By submitting specimens to Mr. Suter I finally had the matter cleared up.

Habitat.—Abundant living on rocks between tide-marks, Sunday Island.

Cellana hedleyi n. sp. Figs. 2 and 2a.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell depressed, height 0.24 of length, oval, narrowed in front. Apex about one-fourth the length from the anterior end. Anterior slope nearly straight, posterior slope convex. Margin irregularly crenulate. Sculpture: There are 22 broad leading ridges, each with 3 to 5 ribs nearly equal in size and regularly beaded. Colour: Above dark yellowish-green with 9 dark brownish-green bands on alternate leading ridges, 4 being directed forwards and 5 backwards from

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the apex, thus leaving 3 leading ridges on each side of the apex dark yellowish-green. In addition to the broad bands, there are in the interstices between the ribs numerous narrow reddish-brown streaks leading from the margin towards the apex (seen on holding shell to light in both light and dark areas). Interior iridescent slaty blue, spatula brown.

Length, 42.5 mm. Breadth, 34.8 mm. Height, 10.3 mm.

Variations from Type.—The ridges vary somewhat in height and regularity, and specimens in which they are almost obsolete approach those of C. craticulatus prolixus and C. vulcanicus. The normal number is apparently 22, though usually more can be counted. The colour-pattern dividing the shell into 22 areas is characteristic of this species. Some New Zealand species exhibit similar pattern. A perfectly regular specimen of C. hedleyi shows the central anterior ridge light-coloured, the central posterior ridge dark-coloured. On each side between these the order from the anterior end is dark, light, dark, 3 light, dark, light, dark, light—thus making 22 in all. In old specimens the external surface of the shell is usually corroded and more or less whitish in colour; the anterior, too, is whitish, with the margin clearly showing the ends of the numerous dark streaks.

Length, 45.8 mm. Breadth, 37.5 mm. Height, 14.2 mm.
", 37.5 mm. ", 28.7 mm. ", 9.3 mm.
", 27.5 mm. ", 21.6 mm. ", 5.7 mm.

Habitat.—Living on rocks between tide-marks, Sunday Island. This is the most common limpet on Sunday Island, and occurs generally just above low-tide mark.

Subsp. corrugata, n. subsp. Figs. 3 and 3a.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell moderately high, height 0.32 of length, oval, narrowed and truncated in front. Apex in the anterior third. Anterior and posterior slopes convex. Margin irregularly dentate. Sculpture: There are about 27 high angular ridges of varying heights, each bearing 2 to 5 beaded ribs. A beaded rib often in the interstices. Colour: Above dark yellowish-green, becoming paler towards the centre. Interior iridescent slaty blue, central portion white. Dark colour-streaks (one in nearly every interstice seen on holding shell to light) reddish-brown, narrow, mostly continuous from near apex to margin.

Length, 38 mm. Breadth, 32.3 mm. Height, 12 mm.

Variations from Type.—Measurements:—

Length, 42.8 mm. Breadth, 37.0 mm. Height, 11.3 mm.
", 47.8 mm. ", 42.0 mm. ", 17.0 mm.
", 38.8 mm. ", 31.6 mm. ", 15.8 mm.

Habitat.—Common living on rocks between tide-marks, Macauley Island, and the only Cellana collected there. I have also one specimen from Sunday Island.

Cellana vulcanicus n. sp. Figs. 4 and 4a.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Helcioniscus dirus).

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell high, height 0.42 of length, elliptical, slightly narrowed in front. Apex more than a third of the length from the anterior end. Anterior slope steep, nearly straight; posterior slightly convex. Margin finely crenulate. Sculpture: There are about 60 well-marked radiating ribs, alternately high and low, crossed by concentric growth-lines, giving a beaded appearance, The apex is corroded. Colour:

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Above light yellowish-green. Interior iridescent pearly, the muscle-impression bluish and the spatula brown with a white centre. The margin is marked by numerous short reddish-brown streaks.

Length, 30.2 mm. Breadth, 25 mm. Height, 12.8 mm.

Variations from Type.—The young are prominently ribbed, dark green above and slaty blue within. Old shells are often much corroded, especially above the apex, and are of a pale pearly or whitish appearance within.

Length, 35.2 mm. Breadth, 28.0 mm. Height, 16.3 mm.
", 32.3 mm. ", 26.8 mm. ", 17.8 mm.
", 27.3 mm. ", 22.3 mm. ", 12.8 mm.

A very distinct species, which Iredale referred to H. dirus Reeve. In a later communication to me, however, he admits that it differs slightly from that species. As Reeve's species is founded on specimens of unknown locality, and apparently related to a North Atlantic form, I think the proper course is to describe the Kermadec shell as new. The species of Cellana are often very restricted in their distribution.

Habitat.—Living on rocks between tide-marks, Meyer Islet. Also collected on Sunday Island.

Cellana scopulinus n. sp. Figs. 5 and 5a.

Recorded, Suter, Man. N.Z. Moll., 79, 1913 (Helcioniscus antipodum).

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell high, height 0.38 of length, elliptical. Apex acute, in the anterior third. Anterior slope straight, posterior arched. Margin finely crenulate. Sculpture: The whole upper surface with close regular radiating ribs crossed by concentric growth-lines, giving a faintly beaded appearance. The ribs not quite equal in size, every third one being slightly larger than the intervening two. Colour: Above yellow, darkening towards the apex. Interior bright orange-yellow, paler at the margin and on the muscle-impression, spatula rich brown with white centre. No dark colour-markings.

Length, 35 mm. Breadth, 29.4 mm. Height, 13.4 mm.

Variations from Type.—Large old specimens show the whole outer surface corroded, and sometimes bearing algae and Elminius; interior more or less whitish, except the margin, which is yellow, and may show numerous short reddish-brown streaks. Some young specimens show radiating dark colour-streaks. All specimens seen from Sunday Island were young, with radiating dark colour-streaks.

Measurements, French Rock specimens:—

Length, 50.0 mm. Breadth, 42.0 mm. Height, 20.8 mm.
", 50.6 mm. ", 42.7 mm. ", 24.2 mm.

Suter records this species from the Kermadecs as Helcioniscus antipodum, but, though young specimens resemble that species somewhat, full-grown examples cannot be confused. Compared with C. scopulinus, C. antipodum, has larger ribs, and the colour-pattern, including about 11 wide dark bands, is quite different. C. trameroserica of Australia is apparently identical with Suter's H. antipodum of New Zealand.

Habitat.—Common living on rocks between tide-marks, French Rock, and the only species of Cellana collected there. Sunday Island; not common.

Schismope pacificus n. sp. Figs. 6 and 6a.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell turbinate, keeled, umbilicate. Spire flattened. Whorls 3, the last rapidly descending. Body-whorl

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Kermadec Island Mollusca.

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strongly keeled midway between the periphery and the suture, the keel double, enclosing the anal perforation, and becoming obsolete near the outer lip. Anal perforation long and narrow, rounded behind, pointed in front. Aperture pyriform, semi-detached. Outer lip at its posterior attachment sharply reflected and spread over the body-whorl till it joins with the inner lip. Umbilicus large, deep. Sculpture: There are regular transverse ribs on the apical whorls and part of the periphery of the body-whorl, while the whole shell is crossed by fine spiral striae and faint transverse growth-lines. Colour white.

Diameter, 1 mm.

Variations from Type.—The aperture is sometimes quite detached, and the transverse ribs are more prominent in some specimens than in others, while the keel may extend well up the spire.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Fissuridea bollonsi n. sp. Fig. 7.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell moderately elevated, height 0.41 of length, elongate-elliptical. Apex in anterior third. Anterior slope straight, posterior slightly convex. Margin crenulate. Foramen elongate, the sides parallel at each end, but bowed outwards in the middle third. Sculpture: About 40 beaded ribs alternating with an equal number of much smaller beaded riblets. Under the microscope the beads appear as prominent blunt points. Colour: Above dirty white, interior white, showing about 10 faint dark bands.

Length, 9.2 mm. Breadth, 6 mm. Height, 3.8 mm.

Variation from Type.—There is some variation in the proportions of the shells, indicated by the following measurements. A few are depressed and elongate-elliptical; a few high, broadly elliptical, with the anterior slope concave and the posterior slope much arched. These latter are old shells, which, from growing normally at first, slightly alter the direction of their sides. Sometimes a distinct horizontal suture is present, as though there had been a resting between two growing periods. Foramen in young specimens well in front of the apex; in adult shells it is at the apex. In many individuals the colour-bands are absent.

Length, 11.0 mm. Breadth, 7.8 mm. Height, 4.0 mm.
", 10.7 mm. ", 6.6 mm. ", 3.5 mm.
", 10.2 mm. ", 7.2 mm. ", 6.0 mm.

Habitat.—Living on rocks under a coral-like alga, South Bay, Sunday Island; plentiful.

Tectus royanus (Iredale).

Trochus royanus Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 225, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Sculpture: In adult shells the upper surface is invariably covered with algae, coralline and other, while the base usually supports a colony of Serpulae. Young shells, however, show the sculpture. Suture well marked. The whorls are flat, with very low rounded nodules along the lower edge, there being about 15 at a distance of 2 cm. from the apex, but sometimes they are so indistinct that they can scarcely be detected. The whole exterior is ornamented by close spiral beaded ribs, about 10 to a centimetre, crossed by diagonal growth-lines, and covered with a white calcareous coating. The base has diagonal growth-lines on a white calcareous covering,

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but near the interior, where the coating is absent, it shows regular spiral threads, which are closest along the exterior margin. Colour white, interior pearly iridescent, with a well-marked white margin on the exterior of the outer lip.

Height, 77 mm. Major diameter, 84 mm.
", 80 mm. ", 97 mm.

A very distinct species, the occurrence of which in the Kermadecs is as remarkable as that of Scutellastra kermadecensis, Cassideá royana, and Spondylus raoulensis. Tectus royanus is allied to T. pyramus Born, an Indo-Pacific species, but differs in colour and in sculpture, which is much finer than that in T. pyramus.

Habitat.—Sunday Island and Meyer Islet. Living on rocks from low-water mark down to 6 m. or 8 m.; fairly plentiful in places, but difficult to collect. One or two live specimens were taken between tide-marks.

Fossil.—A broken shell was extracted from a block of lava lying on the shore on the east side of Sunday Island. The rock was identified as being part of a lava-flow about 50 m. higher up the cliff. (Trochus sp. Oliver, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 43, 531.)

Trochus calcaratus Souverbie.

Trochus calcaratus Souverbie, Journ. de Conch., 1875, 41, t. 4, fig. 7.

Fossil.—Fragments taken from hard sandy tuffs of submarine origin on Dayrell Islet, off Sunday Island, agree, so far as they go, with this species. (Trochus sp. Oliver, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 43, 527.)

Distribution (Recent).—Lord Howe Island, Australia, New Caledonia, Philippines.

Clanculus atypicus Iredale.

Clanculus atypicus Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 225, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Living under stones near low-water mark, Coral Bay, Sunday Island. On stones in rock-pools, Meyer Island.

Clanculus stigmatarius A. Adams.

Clanculus stigmatarius A. Adams, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1851, 161, 1852.

Fossil.—One shell taken from hard sandy tuffs of submarine origin on Dayrell Islet, near Sunday Island. Specimen not quite typical. (Clanculus sp. Oliver, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 43, 527.)

Distribution (Recent).—Australia, New Caledonia, Western Pacific, Philippines.

Solariella incerta (Iredale).

Monilea incerta Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 226, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Living among rocks between tide-marks, Sunday Island.

Gena oliveri Iredale.

Gena oliveri Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 226, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Living among rocks near low-water mark, Sunday Island.

Very closely allied to a species in Norfolk Island, which differs principally in having fine close spiral striae.

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Angaria tyria (Reeve).

Delphinula tyria Reeve, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1842, 102, 1843.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living among rocks near low-water mark, Meyer Island; not common.

Distribution.—Australia.

Angaria distorta (Linné).

Turbo distorta Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, p. 764, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—One shell found on beach, Sunday Island (Iredale).

Distribution.—Indian Ocean.

Philorene gen. nov.

Shell subdiscoidal, the body-whorl descending, umbilicate; spire depressed; whorls rounded; aperture circular; peristome continuous.

Type.—P. texturata Oliver.

Philorene texturata n. sp. Fig. 8.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell subdiscoidal, the body-whorl slightly descending, umbilicate, whorls 3. Spire flat, body-whorl circular in section, its upper portion level with the periphery of the penultimate whorl. Aperture circular, peristome continuous, slightly expanded above and below on the inner side. Umbilicus deep. Suture deep. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. Regular transverse ridges on the base of the whorls round the umbilicus. Interior of umbilicus with spiral ridges terminating at the lower expansion of the inner lip. Over the whole surface of the shell are close regular low spiral threads ornamented with transverse lenticular beads. Colour white.

Maximum diameter, 2 mm.; minimum diameter, 1.5 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells common in dredgings near Sunday Island.

Brookula stibarochila Iredale.

Brookula stibarochila Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 220, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Specimens vary considerably in the number of ribs; the type has them wide apart.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged near Sunday Island.

Turbo argyrostomus Linné.

Turbo argyrostomus Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 764, 1758.

Recorded (fossil), Oliver, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 43, 527, 1911.

Fossil.—Plentiful in hard sandy tuffs of submarine origin on Dayrell Islet, off Sunday Island.

Distribution (Recent).—Australia, Pacific Ocean from New Caledonia to Hawaii and the Paumotus, Indian Ocean.

Leptothyra picta (Pease).

Collonia picta Pease, Amer. Journ. Conch., iv, 91, 1868.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island, in 10 m. to 30 m.

Distribution.—Society Islands, Paumotus.

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Nerita melanotragus E. A. Smith.

Nerita melanotragus E. A. Smith, Zool. Col. H.M.S. “Alert” (1, viii), 69, 1884.

Recorded, E. A. Smith, l.c.

Habitat.—Abundant living on rocks between tide-marks, most frequent at half-tide mark or higher, Sunday Island, Macauley Island.

Fossil.—In fragments of volcanic tuffs at Titi Knob, on east coast of Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, Henderson Island (East Pacific.

Nerita plicata Linné.

Nerita plicata Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 779, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living on rocks about half-tide mark, Sunday Island and Meyer Island; very rare.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Australia, Pacific Ocean from New Caledonia to Hawaii, Indian Ocean.

Pronesopupa senex Iredale.

Pronesopupa senex Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 385, 1913.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Living on tree-trunks not moss-covered on the low ground, chiefly on Corynocarpus and Melicytus trees, Sunday Island.

Melarhaphe unifasciata (Gray).

Litorina unifasciata Gray, King's “Survey of Australia,” ii, App., 483, 1826.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Littorina mauritiana).

Habitat.—Living on rocks near high-water mark, north coast, Sunday Island; rare.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia

Tectarius feejeensis (Reeve).

Littorina feejeensis Reeve, Conch. Icon., fig. 82, 1857.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living on rocks near high-water mark, north coast, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Hinea brasilianus (Lamarck).

Buccinum brasilianus Lam., Anim. s. Vert., vii, 272, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Planaxis).

Habitat.—Abundant living on rocks between tide-marks, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Australia, Easter Island.

Haurakia kermadecensis n. sp. Fig. 9.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell ovate, apex blunt, aperture broadly ovate. Whorls 5, rounded, suture impressed. Inner lip slightly detached,

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giving a small umbilical depression. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 ½ whorls spirally ribbed, there being 4 spirals on the lower whorl. First adult whorl with pronounced longitudinal plications, crossed by 3 spirals, 2 near the upper and 1 near the lower suture, and slightly beaded at the intersections. In the succeeding whorls the three spirals are more pronounced and the central space is faintly spirally ribbed, the axial plications remaining fairly prominent. In the body-whorl the longitudinals become obsolete at the periphery, while there are about 12 spiral ribs, the upper one most prominent, the 4th and 5th least so. Colour: White with spiral brown lines; the protoconch ribs are brown, also the two upper and one lower spiral ribs on the succeeding whorls, and 1st to 3rd and 6th to 10th spirals on the body-whorl, leaving the peripheral two white.

Height, 1.8 mm. Diameter, 1 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged abundantly in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom off Sunday Island.

Notosetia electra n. sp. Fig. 10.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell minute, ovate, apex obtuse. Whorls 3 ½, flattened, suture distinct. Aperture circular, peristome thin, not continuous. A small umbilical depression between the inner lip and the body-whorl. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. Shell with microscopic spiral striae indicated. Colour pink.

Height, 0.7 mm. Diameter, 0.4 mm.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Merelina pisinna (Melvill and Standen).

Alvania pisinna Melv. & Stand., Journ. Conch., viii, 305, 1896.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged abundantly in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Loyalty Islands.

Onoba carnosa (Webster).

Rissoia carnosa Webster, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 37, 278, 1905.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Rissoa).

This species occurs in four fairly well-defined colour-varieties, which may be characterized as under:—

  • 1. Var. typica.—Spirally marked brown and white; the lower half of each whorl brown, the upper half white.

  • 2. Var. fusca.—The whole shell brown.

  • 3. Var. alba.—The whole shell white.

  • 4. Var. bicolor.—Spire brown, body-whorl white.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand (varieties typica, fusca, and bicolor).

Onoba candidissima Webster.

Rissoia candidissima Webster, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 37, 278, 1905.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Rissoa).

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand.

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Rissoina angasi Pease.

Rissoina angasi Pease, Amer. Journ. Conch., vii, 20, 1872.

Habitat.—Living under stones near low-water mark, Coral Bay, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New South Wales.

Rissoina plicata A. Adams.

Rissoina plicata A. Adams, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1851, 264, 1852.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Guinea, Fiji, Ellice Group, Hawaii.

Zebina cooperi n. sp. Fig. 11.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell elongate - ovate, the right side straight, the left slightly convex. Aperture ovate, slightly produced laterally. Whorls 7, flattened, the suture scarcely marked. Outer lip very thick, with 3 blunt tubercles inside the anterior end. A distinct canal between the posterior end and the body-whorl. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. First adult whorl with about 12 longitudinal plications. The distance between them increases while their height decreases, until they become quite obsolete on the 4th whorl. On the parietal wall, near the posterior canal, are 3 minute longitudinal plications. Otherwise the shell is perfectly smooth and glassy, with microscopic axial striations. Colour: Glassy white, the interior structure indicated by darker spiral bands.

Height, 5 Mm. Diameter, 2.4 Mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Isselia chiltoni n. sp. Fig. 12.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell elongate-ovate, the aperture slightly extended laterally. Whorls 5 ½, slightly flattened, suture deep. Aperture ovate, notched in front. Columella obliquely truncated anteriorly. Inner lip thickened, forming a callosity at the anterior angle of the columella. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 whorl, smooth. First adult whorl with about 10 longitudinal plications. On the following whorl the longitudinal plications are crossed by 3 spiral ribs, the lowest only being prominent, beaded at the intersections. On the penultimate whorl a 4th spiral is added. On the body-whorl above are 9 spiral ribs, forming nodules at the intersections of longitudinal plications; the 2nd and 3rd spirals approximate, as do the 4th and 5th. On the under-surface these appear as 6 ribs, the upper being double. The interstices between the four anterior spirals about twice the width of the ribs. Colour white.

Height, 2.8 mm. Diameter, 1.4 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Epigrus insularis n. sp. Fig. 13.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell elongate, apex blunt, aperture produced, the body-whorl more than half the length of the shell. Whorls 4 ½, loosely coiled, rounded, shouldered above, suture deeply impressed. Aperture oval, peristome continuous, thickened throughout, a distinct

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groove separating the inner lip from the body-whorl. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth, shining. Shell smooth, faintly microscopically marked spirally, also transversely, with growth-lines. Colour white.

Height, 2.8 mm. Diameter, 1 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Epigrus gracilis n. sp. Fig. 14.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell elongate, slender, the whorls increasing but little in size. Whorls 4 ½, flattened, loosely coiled, margined above, suture deeply impressed. Aperture oval, peristone continuous, thin, inner lip separated from body-whorl by a distinct groove. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. Shell with spiral threads and lines. On 1st adult whorl about 5 narrow low threads, which broaden and increase on succeeding whorls, there being on the body-whorl about 6 principal and as many smaller spiral threads, the interstices having under a high power a rough pitted appearance. Colour white.

Height, 1.7 mm. Diameter, 0.5 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Cerostraca n. gen.

Shell ovate, thin, whorls rounded, suture impressed. Aperture detached, circular, body-whorl anteriorly having a callosity just above the produced and expanded outer lip.

Type.—C. iredalei Oliver.

Cerostraca iredalei n. sp. Fig. 15.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell ovate, apex blunt, the body-whorl bearing in front a prominent transverse callosity. Aperture completely detached from body-whorl, circular, the margin thin and expanded. Sculpture: Shell quite smooth. Colour: Protoconch white. Adult whorls glassy pink, a dark-pink spiral line below the suture, and another on the base of the whorl-shell. Anterior callosity dark pink. Peristome white.

Height, 1.3 mm. Diameter, 0.7 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Amphithalamus sundayensis n. sp. Fig. 16.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell minute, ovate, apex blunt. Whorls 4, flattened, suture impressed. Aperture detached, broadly elliptical, slightly angled behind. Peristome thickened, a ridge connecting its posterior end with the body-whorl. Umbilical furrow wide. Sculpture: The whole shell quite smooth. Colour: Light olive-brown, the suture, peristome, and lower part of body-whorl darker.

Height, 1.2 mm. Diameter, 0.6 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Heterorissoa secunda Iredale.

Heterorissoa secunda Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 222, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Dead shells common in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

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Assiminea nitida (Pease).

Hydrocena nitida Pease, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1864, 674, 1865.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc. x, 370, 1913 (Barleeia chrysomela).

Habitat.—Living on rocks wetted by fresh water near the coast, Sunday Island and Dayrell Islet. (Dead shells occasionally dredged off the shore.)

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Polynesia.

Royella sinon (Bayle).

Cerithium sinon Bayle, Journ. de Conch., xxviii, 243, 1880.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Cerithiosis).

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Norfolk Island, Lifu, Bohol, Henderson Island (East Pacific)

Cerithium bavayi Vignal.

Cerithium bavayi Vignal, Journ. Conch., xlix, 304, 1901.

Habitat.—A few dead shells washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Loyalty Islands.

Joculator pinea (Hedley).

Cerithiopsis pinea Hedley, Pro. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 34, 440, 1909.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged off Sunday Island on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m.

Distribution.—Queensland.

Joculator aelomitres (Melvill and Standen).

Bittium aelomitres Melvill and Standen, Journ. Conch., viii, 298, 1896.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lifu.

Sundaya n. gen.

Shell pupoid, apex obtuse, sides convex. Protoconch minute, of 1 whorl. Body-whorl contracting anteriorly, canal nearly straight, sculptured with nodulous spiral ribs.

Type.—S. exquisita Oliver.

Sundaya exquisita n. sp. Fig. 17.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell pupoid, apex obtuse, body-whorl more than half the length of the shell. Whorls 4, flattened, suture impressed. Aperture rhomboid, angled behind, notched in front. Canal short. Outer lip thin, slightly expanded. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. First adult whorl with 2, remainder with 3, spiral nodulous ribs. The nodules arranged regularly in longitudinal as well as spiral rows, about 15 longitudinal rows on the body-whorl. Base with 3 spiral ridges not nodulous. Colour: Reddish-brown, the protoconch and lip lighter.

Height, 1 mm. Diameter, 0.5 mm.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

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Triphora granifera Brazier.

Triforis granifera Brazier, Pro. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., ix, 173, 1894.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New South Wales.

Triphora jousseaumei Hervier.

Triforis jousseaumei Hervier, Journ. de Conch., 45, 250. 1898.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Distribution—Lifu.

Triphora ampulla Hedley.

Triphora ampulla Hedley, Pro. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 27, 615, 1903.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, New South Wales.

Sinistroseila n. gen.

Shell turreted, sinistral, sculptured with spiral ridges only.

Type.—Triforis incisus Pease.

Sinistroseila incisus (Pease).

Triforis incisus Pease, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1860, 434, 1861.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom off Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Hawaii, Funafuti, New Guinea.

Caecum solitarium n. sp. Fig. 18.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell curved, of nearly uniform diameter throughout, anteriorly obliquely truncate. Septum much exserted, hemispherical, making an abrupt shoulder at the junction of the shell. Sculpture: Shell smooth, but showing under the microscope regular concentric growth-lines. Colour white.

Length, 2.7 mm. Diameter at anterior end, 0.4 mm.; at posterior end, 0.3 mm.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged near Sunday Island.

Alata aratrum Martyn.

Alata aratrum Martyn, Univ. Conch., 1, 50, 1784.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Strombus).

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Indo-Pacific region.

Strombus urceus Linné.

Strombus urceus Linné, Syst. Nat, ed. x, 745, 1758,

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Australia, Philippines, Indian Ocean.

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Strombus elegans Sowerby.

Strombus elegans Sowb., Thes. Conch., t. 7, figs. 43, 48.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—One dead shell dredged (Iredale).

Distribution.—Australia, Indo-Pacific.

Xenophora corrugata (Reeve).

Phorus corrugata Reeve, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1842, 163, 1843.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dredged alive in 30 m. near Meyer Island (W. S. Bell).

Distribution.—New Zealand, Indian Ocean, Japan.

Roya nutatus (Hedley).

Capulus nutatus Hedley, Pro. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 33, 467, 1908.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 218, 1912 (R. kermadecensis).

Habitat.—Taken alive at Sunday Island by R. S. Bell.

Distribution.—New South Wales.

Hipponix foliacea Quoy and Gaimard.

Hipponix foliacea Q. & G., Voy. “Astrolabe,” Zool., iii, 439, 1834.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living on stones in rock-pools at Meyer Island; fairly common.

Fossil.—In hard sandy volcanic tuffs of submarine origin at Dayrell Islet. (Amalthea sp. Oliver, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 43, 527.)

Distribution.—Indo-Pacific region.

Natica sagittata Menke.

Natica sagittata Menke, Moll. Nov. Holl., 10, 1843.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—A few dead shells washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Australia.

Natica orientalis Gmelin.

Natica orientalis Gmelin, Syst. Nat., ed. xiii, 3673, 1791.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely washed up on beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Malay Archipelago.

Polinices simiae (Deshayes).

Natica simiae Deshayes, Anim. s. Vert., viii, 522.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.

Lamellaria ophione Gray.

Lamellaria ophione Gray, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1849, 169, 1850.

Recorded, Suter, Subantarctic Is. N.Z., i, 22, 1909.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely found washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia.

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Vanikoro wallacei Iredale.

Vanikoro wallacei Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 226, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Living under stones in rock-pools, Meyer Island.

Ianthina violacea (Bolten).

Ianthina violacea Bolten, Mus. Bolt., 75, 1798.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (I. ianthina).

Specimens from the Kermadecs can be sorted out into two varieties, a larger conoidal form and a smaller depressed form, between which it seems impossible to draw a satisfactory line. Possibly the small depressed shells are young, and afterwards the descent of the body-whorl gives them a more conoidal appearance. But, of course, it must be admitted that if only four species are recognized in the genus, then I. violacea must be counted as very variable. I include J. communis Lam. and J. balteata Reeve of Suter's Manual under this species.

Habitat.—Live specimens cast up on the beaches at Sunday Island in large numbers, many having attached their rafts of eggs. Also found at Macauley Island.

Distribution.—All tropical seas, and extending well into the temperate zones. New Zealand, Lord Howe Island.

Ianthina globosa Swainson.

Ianthina globosa Swains., Zool. Illustr., ii, pl. 85, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Live specimens at certain times washed up in numbers on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Tropical and warm temperate seas. New Zealand.

Ianthina exigua Lamarck.

Ianthina exigua Lam., Anim. s. Vert., vi., 206, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Live specimens frequently cast up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Tropical and warm temperate seas. New Zealand, Lord Howe Island.

Ianthina umbilicata d'Orbigny.

Ianthina umbilicata d'Orbigny. Voy. Amér. Mérid., 414, 1847.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living adult specimens rarely, young at certain times frequently, washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Hawaii, North Pacific, Atlantic

Recluzia lutea (Bennett).

Janthina lutea Bennett, Narr. Whaling Voy., ii, 298, 1840.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (R. hargravesii).

Habitat.—Live specimens occasionally washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia.

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Cypraea caputserpentis Linné.

Cypraea caputserpentis Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 720, 1758.

Recorded, Cheeseman, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 20, 165, 1888.

Habitat.—Live specimens rarely found in rock-pools and among rocks near low-water mark, Sunday Island (R. S. Bell).

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Australia, Pacific islands from New Caledonia to the Paumotus, Indian Ocean.

Cypraea carneola Linné.

Cypraea carneola Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 719, 1758.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distributio.—Australia, Pacific islands from New Caledonia to Hawaii, Indian Ocean.

Cypraea isabella Linné.

Cypraea isabella Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 722, 1758.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, New Guinea, Pacific islands from New Caledonia to Hawaii, Indian Ocean.

Cypraea erosa Linné.

Cypraea erosa Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 723, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Indo-Pacific region.

Cypraea poraria Linné.

Cypraea poraria Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 724, 1758.

Habitat.—One living specimen found among rocks in Denham Bay, Sunday Island (R. S. Bell).

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Australia, Pacific islands from New Caledonia to Hawaii.

Cypraea flaveola Linné.

Cypraea flaveola Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 724, 1758.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, Japan.

Trivia desirabilis Iredale.

Trivia desirabilis Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 226, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Trivia napolina (Keiner).

Cypraea napolina Kiener. Coq. Viv. 144.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—One dead shell found on beach, Sunday Island (Iredale).

Distribution.—Indo-Pacific region.

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Erato lachryma Gray.

Erato lachryma Gray, Descr. Cat., 17, 1832.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently dredged on grayelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, Tasmania, Japan.

Charonia lampas (Linné).

Murex lampas Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 748, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Septa rubicunda).

Kermadec specimens vary a good deal in the shape of the shell and the size of the nodules. They appear to have the characters of both C. rubicunda and C. nodifera as defined by Hedley (“Endeavour” Results, 65, 1914).

Habitat.—Sunday Island. Live specimens up to 12 cm. in length on rocks about low-water mark. Dead shells washed up on the rocks attained a length of over 23 cm.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Tasmania, south-east Australia, Mediterranean, Atlantic, Japan.

Cymatium exaratum (Reeve).

Triton exaratus Reeve, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1844, 116, 1845.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—A few live and many dead specimens washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Australia.

Cymatium spengleri (Chemnitz).

Murex spengleri Chemn., Conch. Cab., xi, 117, 1795.

Recorded, Cheeseman, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 20, 165, 1888 (Triton).

Habitat.—One live and many dead shells found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia.

Cymatium dunkeri (Lischke).

Triton dunkeri Lischke, Mal. Blatt., xv, 219, 1868.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—A few imperfect dead shells found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Japan.

Cymatium caudatum (Gmelin).

Triton caudatum Gmelin, Syst. Nat., ed. xiii, 3535, 1791.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia.

Cymatium parthenopeum von Salis.

Murex parthenopeus von Salis, Reise Neapel, 370, 1793.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (C. costatum).

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Australia, Society Islands, Japan, Atlantic coasts.

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Cymatium labiosum (Wood).

Murex labiosum Wood, Index Test. Suppl., 15, 1828.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells frequent on the beaches of Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, Philippines, Indian Ocean.

Cymatium vespaceum Lamarck.

Triton vespaceum Lam., Anim, s. Vert., vii, 185, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, Indian Ocean.

Cymatium waterhousei (Adams and Angas).

Triton waterhousei Ad. & Ang., Pro. Zool. Soc., 1864, 35, 1865.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—South Australia.

Austrotriton parkinsoniana (Perry).

Septa parkinsoniana Perry, Conch., pl. 14, fig. 1, 1811.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Cymatium).

Habitat.—A few broken dead shells found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Australia.

Argobuccinum australasia (Perry).

Biplex australasia Perry, Conch., pl. 4, fig. 24, 1811.

Recorded, Cheeseman, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 20, 165, 1888 (Ranellaleucostoma).

Habitat.—Common living on rocks at low-water mark, Meyer Island. Shells almost always much corroded.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, New Zealand.

Bursa siphonata (Reeve).

Ranella siphonata Reeve, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1844, 138, 1845.

Recorded, Suter, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 38, 328, 1906 (Tutufa californica).

Habitat.—Dead shells, rarely washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island. Cheeseman collected a shell on Denham Bay beach in 1887. I am aware of only three others collected since.

Distribution.—Philippines.

Bursa mammata Bolten.

Bursa mammata Bolten, Mus. Bolt. (2), 128, 1798.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Caledonia.

Bursa papilla (Wood).

Murex papilla Wood, Index Test. Suppl., 14, 1828.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Argobuccinum).

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island. A few live specimens also found.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island.

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Cassidea royana Iredale.

Cassidea royana Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., xi, 179, 1914.

Recorded, Cheeseman, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 20, 165, 1888 (Cassis pyrum).

Habitat.—One dead shell was found on Denham Bay beach, Sunday Island, by Mr. T. F. Cheeseman in 1887, and is now in the Auckland Museum. A second and imperfect specimen (the type) was brought back by Mr. Iredale, and is now in the Canterbury Museum.

Cassidea perryi Iredale.

Cassidea perryi Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 227, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (C. cernica).

The type specimen is 41 mm. long, and has a varix exactly similar to the outer lip, and 100° from it. I have not seen a varix on any other specimen.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island. One live specimen was obtained in 1908.

Cassidea pyrum (Lamarck).

Cassis pyrum Lamarck, Anim. s. Vert., vii, 226, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Cassidea pyrum sophiae).

Habitat.—One dead shell collected on beach (Iredale).

Distribution.—New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia.

Tonna perdix (Linné).

Buccinum perdix Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 735, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Dolium).

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely found on the beaches at Sunday Island; also one live specimen was found on Denham Bay beach in 1908.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.

Cadium pomum (Linné).

Buccinum pomum Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 735, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Dolium).

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, New Guinea, Pacific islands from New Caledonia to the Society Islands, Philippines, Indian Ocean.

Architectonica radiata Bolten.

Architectonica radiata Bolten, Mus. Bolt., 1798.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (A. cingula).

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Fiji. Hawaii, Philippines.

Heliacus variegatus (Gmelin).

Torinia variegatus Gmelin, Syst. Nat., ed. xiii, 3575, 1791.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Australia, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

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Heliacus stramineus (Gmelin).

Torinia straminea Gmelin, Syst. Nat., ed. xiii, 3575, 1791.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.–Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, New Guinea, Philippines, India.

Epitonium perplexum (Pease).

Scalaria perplexa Pease, Amer. Journ. Conch., iii, 228, 1867.

Recorded, Suter, Journ. Malac., vii, 54, 1899 (Scalaria australis).

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Norfolk Island, Indo-Pacific region.

Pyramidella terebelloides (A. Adams).

Obeliscus terebelloides A. Adams in Sowb. Thes. Conch., ii, 808, 1855.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Queensland, Funafuti, Hawaii.

Herviera isidella (Melvill and Standen).

Herviera isidella Melv. & Stand., Journ. Conch., ix, 186, 1898.

Habitat.—Dredged near Sunday Island (Iredale).

Distribution.—Loyalty Islands.

Turbonilla oceanica n. sp. Fig. 19.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell subulate. Whorls 8, rounded, shouldered above, suture deeply impressed. Protoconch heterostrophe, of 1 whorl. Aperture ovate-rhomboid, the inner margin somewhat angled, the outer rounded. Outer lip thickened, inner lip thin, anteriorly raised above and separated from the body-whorl. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. Shell with regular longitudinal ribs, there being about 18 on the body-whorl, where they terminate below the periphery. Interstices equal or slightly wider than the width of the ribs. Colour white, shining.

Height, 3 mm. Diameter, 0.8 mm.

Variations from Type—Most of the specimens are about the same size as the type. One, however, has 9 ½ whorls, and measures 3.9 mm. in length.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Turbonilla sculpturata n. sp. Fig. 20.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell thin, subulate, but little tapered. Whorls 8 ½, loosely coiled, convex, suture deep. Protoconch heterostrophe, of 1 whorl. Aperture ovate-oblong, produced and rounded in front. Outer lip thin. Inner lip straight, produced and expanded anteriorly. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. Shell with close, slightly oblique, narrow, longitudinal ribs, about 25 on the body-whorl. The interstices 2 or 3 times the width of the ribs. Ribs smooth, interstices with fine spiral striae. Base spirally striate. Colour white, translucent.

Height, 2.1 mm. Diameter, 0.5 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

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Odostomia clara Brazier.

Odostomia clara Brazier, Pro. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., i, 259, 1877.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Queensland.

Odostomia metata Hedley.

Odostomia metata Hedley, Pro. Linn. Soc. N.S.W., 32, 503, 1907.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Queensland.

Miralda austro-pacifica n. sp. Fig. 21.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell ovate, apex blunt. Whorls 5 ½, flattened, suture deep. Aperture ovate, peristome not continuous. Outer lip thin. Inner lip thin, narrow. Columella with a small oblique plait, not reaching to the margin of the inner lip. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 whorl, smooth. Adult whorls with 3 spiral ribs, increasing to 4 on the penultimate and with a fifth on the base. Upper two ribs nodulous, the remainder smooth. Nodules in the upper row smaller than in the lower row. There are faint microscopic axial growth-lines on the lower portions of the whorls. Colour white.

Height, 2.2 mm. Diameter, 0.9 mm.

This species appears to be closely related to Odostomia scopulorum Watson, from Hawaii.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom off Sunday Island.

Hinemoa n. gen.

Shell ovate. Protoconch 1-whorled. Aperture ovate. Columella with a feeble plait. Sculpture of spiral ribs only.

Type.—Hinemoa punicea Oliver.

Hinemoa punicea n. sp. Fig. 22.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell ovate, apex obtuse. Whorls 4 ½. Aperture broadly ovate. Outer lip thin. Inner lip anteriorly raised with a slight umbilical chink between it and the body-whorl. Columella-plait small, oblique. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 whorl, smooth, polished. Shell with high rounded equidistant spiral ribs, 2 on each whorl, the distance between them equal to their width, and equal to the distance between those on each side of the suture, which is not distinguishable. Three additional low spiral ribs on the base. Otherwise the surface is quite smooth. Colour: Protoconch ruby-red, shining; shell light pink, whitish within the aperture.

Height, 1.1 mm. Diameter, 0.6 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island; not common, but easily overlooked.

Pyrgulina insularis n. sp. Fig. 23.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell ovate, apex obtuse. Whorls 5, flattened, angled at the suture, which is deep. Aperture rhomboid-ovate. Outer lip thin. Inner lip separated from the body-whorl below, leaving a deep umbilical chink. A feeble plait on the columella within. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. Adult whorls with rounded longitudinal ribs, about 20 on the body-whorl. Interstices nearly twice the width of the ribs. On the body-whorl the ribs terminate at a spiral groove below the periphery,

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above which there is another ill-defined spiral groove. Base with numerous growth-lines. Colour white.

Height, 2 mm. Diameter, 0.9 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Raoulostraca n. gen.

Shell elongate-ovate, obtuse. Body-whorl nearly half the length of the shell. Protoconch of 1 whorl, apex sinistral. Whorls flat, suture scarcely impressed. Aperture ovate. Inner lip thick, continuous to suture.

Type.—Raoulostraca inexpectata Oliver.

Raoulostraca inexpectata n. sp. Figs. 24 and 24a.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell elongate-ovate, sides nearly straight. Apex sinistral, its convolution easily seen through the semi-transparent covering of the first adult whorl. Whorls 6, flat, suture but slightly marked. Aperture ovate. Outer lip thickened anteriorly. Inner lip thick, continued back to the suture with a distinct groove between it and the body-whorl. Sculpture: Shell quite smooth. Colour a rich brown, darkest on the upper part of the whorls.

Height, 4.4 mm. Diameter, 1.4 mm.

The type is an average-sized specimen. A single large specimen has 7 whorls, and measures—height, 6.3 mm.; diameter, 1.7 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Melanella kermadecensis n. sp. Fig. 25.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell subulate, apex blunt, right side nearly straight, left side slightly curved outwards. Whorls 6, flat, suture scarcely distinguishable. Aperture ovate, not much produced. Lip thick. Shell smooth, white, and shining.

Height, 2.8 mm. Diameter, 0.9 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells common in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Melanella perplexa n. sp. Fig. 26.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell subulate, tapered irregularly, apex acute. Right side nearly straight, but the apex tilted to one side; left side very slightly curved. Whorls 11, flat, suture scarcely marked. Aperture broadly ovate, the outer lip produced laterally beyond the line of the spire, and produced and expanded in front. Above the suture a spiral line is visible. Shell smooth, white, shining, translucent.

Height, 4.8 mm. Diameter above aperture, 1.4 mm.

A perplexing species, owing to the curious appearance of specimens of various ages of growth, caused by the tilted apex being at different angles to the aperture.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Melanella spinosa n. sp. Fig. 28.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell narrow subulate, slightly curved to the right, the greatest curvature being near the apex. Whorls 10, flat,

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Kermadec Island Mollusca.

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sutural line distinct, body-whorl about one-third the length of the shell. Aperture narrowly ovate. Inner lip thick, narrowing posteriorly, extending right back to the suture with a distinct groove between it and the body-whorl. Sculpture: Shell smooth, a spiral line above the sutural line. Colour white, transparent, the internal structure being clearly visible through the shell.

Height, 4.7 mm. Diameter, 1 mm.

Hábitat.—A few dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Subularia perspicua n. sp. Fig. 27.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell subulate, right side straight, left side nearly straight from apex to periphery of body-whorl, which then contracts towards the anterior end. Apex acute. Whorls 8, flat, suture scarcely distinct, body-whorl a little less than half the length of the shell. Aperture narrowly ovate. Sculpture: Shell smooth, a faint spiral line visible above the sutural line. Colour: Protoconch white. Spire yellowishwhite, suture darker, the body-whorl white, faintly irregularly blotched with yellowish. A diagonal yellowish band across the columella anteriorly. Semi-transparent, the internal structure being visible through the shell.

Height, 3 mm. Diameter, 0.8 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Cithna wallacei n. sp. Fig. 29.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell thin, glassy, ovate, apex blunt. Whorls 5, rounded, suture deeply impressed. Aperture broadly ovate, peristome thin. A narrow umbilical groove between the inner lip and the body-whorl. Sculpture: The whole shell quite smooth. Colour: Protoconch white. Adult whorls glassy, variegated with brown blotches. On the upper portion of the whorls these take the form of irregular brown diagonal bands, which at first slant forwards, then turn at right angles as narrow bands. The lower part of the spire-whorls with a few small brown patches. A clear peripheral band on the body-whorl, but narrow axial brown stripes round the base.

Height, 1.7 mm. Diameter, 1 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells common in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Scalenostoma suteri n. sp. Fig. 30.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell thin, turreted, sides straight, apex bluntly acuminate. Whorls 9, angular, sloping away on each side from the upper keel. Suture impressed. Aperture narrowly ovate, produced and truncated in front. Outer lip thick. Inner lip thick, a callosity at its anterior end, and a slight umbilical groove between it and the body-whorl, both lip and groove being continuous right back to the suture. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 whorl, smooth. On the succeeding whorls are two high spiral keels, the upper of which is the higher. The ends of the spirals appear as two prominent projections on the outer lip. Entire surface of shell quite smooth. Colour white, translucent.

Height, 4.2 mm. Diameter, 1.2 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

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Atlanta fusca Eydoux and Souleyet.

Atlanta fusca Eyd. & Soul., Voy. “Bonite,” Zool., ii, 389, 1852.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All seas.

Fusinus toreuma (Martyn).

Buccinum toreuma Martyn, Univ. Conch., i, t. 56, 1784.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Colus).

Habitat.—Dredged alive in 30 m. near Meyer Island (W. S. Bell).

Distribution.—Indo-Pacific region.

Mitra mitra (Linné).

Voluta mitra var. episcopalis Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 732, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, Indo-Pacific region.

Mitra carbonaria Swainson.

Mitra carbonaria Swainson, Bligh Cat. Append., 10, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 77, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, New South Wales.

Mitra lanceolata Hervier.

Mitra lanceolata Hervier, Journ. de Conch., 45, 64, 1897.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lifu.

Maculotriton bracteatus (Hinds).

Triton bracteatus Hinds, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1844, 21, 1845.

Habitat.—One dead shell collected by R. S. Bell at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Australia, Loyalty Islands, Malacca Straits, Marquesas, New Ireland, Henderson Island (East Pacific).

Jeannea hedleyi Iredale.

Jeannea hedleyi Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 220, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Living among rocks near low-water mark, Sunday Island; fairly common in places.

Arcularia spiratus (A. Adams).

Nassa spirata A. Adams, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1851, 106, 1852.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Alectrion).

Habitat.—Living in sand among rocks at Coral Bay, Sunday Island (R. S. Bell).

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Australia.

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Arcularia gaudiosus (Hinds).

Nassa gaudiosa Hinds, Voy. “Sulphur,” 36, 1844.

Recorded, Suter, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 38, 331, 1906 (Nassa zonalis).

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Fossil.—In coarse gravel cemented by calcite, Titi Knob, Sunday Island. (Nassa sp. Oliver, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 43, 530, 1911.)

Distribution.—Pacific Ocean, Malaya.

Arcularia scalaris (A. Adams).

Nassa scalaria A. Adams, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1851, 108, 1852.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Alectrïon).

Habitat.—A few dead and broken shells found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—-Philippines.

Murex zelandicus Quoy and Gaimard.

Murex zelandicus Q. & G., Voy. “Astrolabe,” ii, 529, 1833.

Recorded, Watson, “Challenger” Rep., xv, pt. 42, 157, 1886.

Habitat.—Dredged in 1,100 m. on hard ground north of Sunday Island (“Challenger” Expedition).

Distribution.—New Zealand, Tongatabu.

Hexaplex puniceus n. sp. Fig. 31.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell rhomboidal, the spire about half the length of the shell. Aperture ovate-elliptical. Canal less than the length of the aperture, straight, slightly deflected to the left and its anterior end upturned. Whorls 4 ½, suture deep. Outer lip formed of the last axial ridge, broad, with 4 transverse ridges. A slight umbilical fissure between the inner lip, and a short false canal opposite the anterior end of the aperture. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 whorl, smooth. Spire-whorls with 2 high spiral keels, crossed by prominent longitudinal ridges, forming nodules at the intersections. Body-whorl with 9 high, axial ridges (the last forming the outer lip), and crossed by 4 spiral ridges, forming nodules at the intersections. The two upper spiral ridges on the shoulder are higher than the two lower. A fifth spiral ridge on the canal above. Colour pink.

Height, 4.6 mm. Diameter, 2.6 mm.

Habitat.—A. few dead and broken shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Trophon subtropicalis Iredale.

Trophon subtiopicalis Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 227, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Neothais succincta (Martyn).

Buccinum succinctum Martyn, Univ. Conch., ii, fig. 45, 1784.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Thais).

Habitat.—Living specimens taken at Sunday Island by R. S. Bell.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia.

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Neothais chaidea (Duclos).

Drupa chaidea Duclos, Ann. Sci. Nat., 106, 1834.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Thais).

Habitat.—Living under stones near low-water mark, Coral Bay, Sunday Island; not common.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia, Australia.

Neothais smithi (Brazier).

Purpura smithi Brazier, Mem. Aust. Mus., ii, pI. 4, 1889 (no description).

Recorded, Suter, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 38, 331, 1906 (Purapura striata bollonsii).

Habitat.—Common living on rocks between tide-marks at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, New Zealand.

Neothais dealbata (Reeve).

Ricinula dealbata Reeve, Conch. Icon., iii, sp. 26, 1846.

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Philippines, South Pacific Ocean.

Columbella versicolor Sowerby.

Columbella versicolor Sowb., Pro. Zool. Soc., 1832, 119, 1833.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living under stones at low-water mark, Coral Bay, Sunday Island; not common.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Australia, Philippines, Japan, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Columbella varians Sowerby.

Columbella varians Sowb., Pro. Zool. Soc., 1832, 116, 1833.

Habitat.—Dead shells collected at Sunday Island by R. S. Bell.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia eastwards to Hawaii, Galapagos Islands, Philippines.

Coralliophila neritoidea (Lamarck).

Pyrula neritoidea Lam., Anim. s. Vert., vii, 146, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Pacific Ocean.

Coralliophila nivea (A. Adams).

Rhizochilus nivea A. Adams, Mazat. Cat., 484.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Taken alive at Sunday Island by W. S. Bell.

Fossil.—In hard sandy volcanic tuffs of submarine origin, Deyrell Islet. (Purpura sp. Oliver, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 43, 527.)

Distribution.—America.

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Coralliophila lischkeana (Dunker).

Rapana lischkeana Dunker, Index Moll. Mar. Japan, 43, 1882.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Australia, Japan.

Quoyula madreporarium (Sowerby).

Purpura madreporarium Sowerby, Gen. Purpura, 1832.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Coralliophila monodonta).

Habitat.—Abundant, living on coral attached to rocks in 1 m. to 4 m., Sunday Island and Meyer Island.

Distribution.—Australia, Pacific Islands.

Magilus antiquus Montfort.

Magilus antiquus Montfort, Conch. Syst. 43, 1810.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living in coral in 1 m. to 4 m., Meyer Island.

Distribution.—Solomon Islands, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Lyria nucleus (Lamarck).

Voluta nucleus Lam., Ann. Mus., xvii, 73, 1811.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Australia.

Marginella mustelina (Angas).

Hyalina mustelina Angas, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1871, 14, 1872.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Australia.

Marginella angasi Brazier.

Marginella angasi Brazier, Journ. de Conch., 304, 1870.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom, Sunday Island. Distribution.—New South Wales.

Turris cingulifera (Lamarck).

Pleurotoma cingulifera Lam., Anim. s. Vert., vii, 94, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—A few dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Indo-Pacific region.

Mangilia bella (Pease).

Daphnella bella Pease, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1860, 147, 1861.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Hawaii.

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Mangilia hedleyi n. sp. Fig. 32.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell fusiform, the spire more than 1 ½ times the length of the aperture. Whorls 7 ½, prominently angled above the periphery, suture deep. Aperture narrow oblong, slightly oblique, angled behind, truncate in front. Outer lip rather thick with sharp edge, sinus deep and broad, separated from the body-whorl by a slight callus. Inner lip narrow and thin. Canal short, wide. Sculpture: Protoconch of 3 whorls, the upper quite smooth, the lower two with a spiral peripheral rib, otherwise smooth. Adult whorls with prominent axial ridges, about 15 on the body-whorl, terminating above the slightly contracted base. The whole shell crossed by close spiral ribs, of which one is prominent on all the whorls at the angle above the periphery, and on the penultimate and body-whorls two others are prominent below this. Colour: Protoconch white, shining, the extreme tip brown. Shell creamy white, with a broad dark-brown spiral band at the suture, and continued over the base of the body-whorl below the periphery. The extreme anterior end of the shell, the edge of the outer lip, and a small patch on the body-whorl near it are similarly coloured. The brown colour passes through the shell, and appears distinctly in the interior of the aperture

Height, 6 mm Diameter, 2.6 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Glyphostoma roseocincta n. sp. Fig. 33.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell broadly fusiform the aperture slightly less than half the length of the shell. Whorls 5 ½, angled at the periphery, suture deep. Aperture narrow rhomboid-oblique. Outer lip thickened, denticulate within. Sinus deep, its posterior edge a small callous ridge on the body-whorl. Inner lip thin, narrow. Columella with folds very faintly indicated. Canal wide. Sculpture: Protoconch 1 ½ whorls, smooth. Shell with high axial ridges, 12 on the body-whorl, becoming obsolete on the base. The whole crossed by regular equidistant raised spiral threads, the interstices 2 or 3 times the width of the threads. Colour pink, a broad spiral dark brownish-pink band at the suture and extended round the base of the body-whorl.

Height, 4 mm. Diameter, 2 mm.

Varations from Type.—In most specimens no columellar folds can be distinguished.

Habitat.—Dead shells fairly common in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Iredalea n. gen.

Shell narrow fusiform, turreted, the aperture about a third the length of the shell. Canal short, wide. Sinus deep and broad, separated from the body-whorl by a callosity. Protoconch of 4 whorls, sinusigera in form.

Type.—Iredalea subtropicalis Oliver.

Iredalea subtropicalis n. sp. Fig. 34.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell narrow, fusiform, truncated anteriorly, aperture one-third the length of the shell. Whorls 9, of which the protoconch forms 4, flatly rounded, suture impressed. Protoconch sinusigera in form, the exposed portion of its lower lip concave. Aperture

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narrow oblong, obliquely angled behind, truncated in front. Outer lip thick, smooth within. Sinus deep, separated from the body-whorl by a thick callous ridge. Columella smooth within. Canal short, wide. Sculpture: Protoconch smooth. Shell with regular low axial ridges, about 15 on the body-whorl, slightly constricted at their upper ends near the suture. The ridges extend on to the base of the shell, which at its anterior end has 4 oblique low ridges. Entire surface of shell smooth and shining. Colour: Protoconch dark yellow. Shell white, with a faint brown band, dark in patches, along the lower edge of the whorls, but not reaching the outer lip, where, at its anterior end, 2 narrow brown bands are very faintly indicated.

Height, 6.2 mm. Diameter, 2.2 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom off Sunday Island; not common.

Kermia n. gen.

Shell fusiform, aperture narrow, nearly half the length of the shell. Canal short and wide. Sinus deep, near the suture, surrounded by a thick lip. Protoconch of 2 whorls. Outer lip thick, denticulate within. Columella smooth.

Type.—Kermia benhami Oliver.

Kermia benhami n. sp. Fig. 35.

Descripton of Type Specimen.—Shell fusiform, the body-whorl more than half the length of the shell. Whorls 6 ½, flatly rounded, suture deep. Aperture narrow, slightly oblique, sinuous. Outer lip thick, slightly expanded, denticulate within. Sinus deep and broad, near the suture, but surrounded by a thick lip. Inner lip thin, narrow. Columella smooth. Sculpture: Protoconch with 1st whorl smooth, the 2nd crossed by threads which, beginning at the upper suture, pass first longitudinally and singly, then at the periphery bifurcate, each branch passing obliquely to the suture, thus reticulating the lower half. Adult whorls entirely reticulated by axial ribs, about 8 on the first whorl and 20 on the body-whorl, overridden by less prominent and narrower spiral ribs, forming transverse beads at the intersections. There are 2 spirals on the first adult whorl, 5 on the penultimate (of which the two upper are smaller than the others), and 13 on the body-whorl counting just behind the outer lip. Of these, the two upper are less prominent than the others. Interstices deep, between the spirals 2 to 3 times the width of the latter, and between the axials about 1 ½ times the width of the ribs. At the anterior end of the body-whorl the spirals are more prominent than the axials. The transverse ribs of the body-whorl extend over the expanded outer lip. Under the microscope the whole surface is seen to be finely spirally striated. Colour: Protoconch light brown, remainder of shell uniformly dark brown. Outer lip with a white patch at the sinus and another near the centre. Inner lip and interior of aperture pale brown.

Height, 4 mm. Diameter, 1.5 mm.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Mitramorpha expeditionis n. sp. Fig. 36.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell broadly fusiform, broadest about the middle, aperture equal in length to the spire. Whorls 6 ½, flattened,

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suture impressed, the body-whorl ventricose, regularly tapered in front. Aperture long, oblique, posteriorly deflected to the right. Outer lip not thin, acute. Sinus near the suture, deep, with a thick rim. Inner lip broad, thin. Columella flattened, with 2 obscure plications near the middle. Canal short, wide, truncate in front. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 ½ whorls, smooth. First adult whorl with 2 spiral threads on the periphery, 2nd with 10 sinuous axial ridges overridden by fine spiral threads. The succeeding two whorls are similarly sculptured, the axial ridges and spiral threads being more numerous. Body-whorl with low axial ridges, sinuous near the suture and becoming obsolete at the periphery, the whole overridden by close regular spiral threads. Colour: Dark buff, a faint purple spiral band on the lower edge of the spire-whorls. On the body-whorl are sinuous brown marks near the suture.

Height, 5.2 mm. Diameter, 2.2 mm.

Variations from Type.—The colour varies from white to buff, most shells being ornamented with a few irregular brown marks.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom off Sunday Island.

Zafra kermadecensis n. sp. Fig. 37.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell broadly fusiform, apex obtuse. Whorls 4 ½, with a flattened periphery, shouldered, suture deep. Aperture narrow, rhomboidal, the outer and inner lips parallel, obliquely truncated in front and behind. Outer lip with a broad and shallow sinus at the suture. Inner lip distinct throughout, narrow and slightly thickened along its straight central and anterior portion. Canal short, wide. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 whorl, smooth. Shell with low rounded axial plications, about 15 on each whorl. Base of body-whorl with several oblique plications. Surface of shell smooth and shining. Colour: Protoconch white. Shell glassy, tinged with yellowish. A spiral row of rectangular light yellowish-brown patches on the spire-whorls, one on each alternate plication, and extending from above the periphery to the lower suture. This row is continued on the periphery of the body-whorl. Below it is a clear spiral band, the base being more or less coloured with the same yellowish-brown. Tip of canal clear.

Height, 2.3 mm. Diameter, 1 mm.

Variations from Type.—In some specimens the clear bands above and below the periphery of the body-whorl are ornamented with semicircular brown markings, with their convexity directed towards the aperture.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Zafra fuscolineata n. sp. Fig. 38.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell broadly fusiform, truncate in front, apex obtuse. Whorls 5, flatly rounded, suture impressed. Aperture oblong, slightly produced in front, outer edge nearly straight, inner edge angled above. Outer lip thin, sinus at the suture, shallow. Inner lip thickened, straight below. Canal short, wide. Sculpture: Protoconch of 1 ½ whorls, smooth. Adult whorls with low, slightly oblique, axial ridges, about 15 on the penultimate whorl, and becoming obsolete on the periphery of the body-whorl. Interstices very shallow, concave. Base with oblique grooves. Over the whole shell there appears under the microscope

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fine close spiral striae. Colour: Protoconch white, with a spiral brown band in the suture. Remainder of shell creamy white, with a white peripheral band, and light-brown spiral lines disposed as follows: On the spire-whorls, 2, one each side of the white median band, and with a third near the upper suture on the penultimate whorl; on the body-whorl, 1 near the suture, 1 (double) above the white peripheral band, 2 below it, and 3 on the base.

Height, 2.5 mm. Diameter, 1.2 mm.

Variations from Type.—The brown spiral lines vary somewhat in different shells. The line above the periphery on the body-whorl is usually single, while there may be as many as 6 lines on the base.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom in 10 m. to 30 m. near Sunday Island.

Terebra venosa Hinds.

Terebra venosa Hinds, Pro. Zool. Soc., 1843, 157, 1844.

Recorded, Suter, Trans. N.Z. Inst., 38, 332, 1906.

Habitat.—Dead shells washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island, in large numbers.

Distribution.—Mauritius, Seychelles.

Terebra circumcincta Deshayes.

Terebra circumcincta Desh., Journ. Conch., 77, p1. 3, fig. 9, 1857.

Habitat.—Dredged alive in 30 m. near Sunday Island (R. S. Bell).

Distribution.—Australia, Red Sea.

Conus kermadecensis Iredale.

Conus kermadecensis Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., x, 227, 1912.

Recorded, Iredale, l.c.

Shells somewhat variable in shape. Two type specimens are in the Canterbury Museum—(a.) Height, 47 mm.; diameter, 24 mm.; spire angle, 100°. (b.) Height, 43 mm.; diameter, 26 mm.; spire angle, 140°.

Habitat.—Living on rocks just below low-water mark, Meyer Island; common.

Conus vermiculatus Lamarck.

Conus vermiculatus Lam., Anim. s. Vert., vii, 452, 1822.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Perhaps Cheesemans record of C. marmoreus (Trans. N.Z. Inst., 20, 165, 1888) belongs here, as the specimens were small, but they cannot now be found.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Pacific Ocean.

Conus minimus Gmelin.

Conus minimus Gmelin, Syst. Nat., ed. xii, 3382, 1791.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Indian Ocean, Malaya, New Caledonia.

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Conus maculosus Sowerby.

Conus maculosus Sowb., Conch. Illustr., Conus, p1.1, fig. 3, 1833.

Habitat.—A few dead and broken shells found on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Australia, Philippines.

Conus virgo Gmelin.

Conus virgo Gmelin, Syst. Nat., ed. xiii, 3376, 1791.

Habitat.—One imperfect dead shell found on the shore, Sunday Island (R. S. Bell).

Distribution.—New Caledonia, Indian and Pacific Oceans, Malaya.

Acteon flammeus (Gmelin).

Voluta flammeus Gmelin, Syst. Nat., ed. xiii, 3435, 1791.

Habitat.—Dredged alive in 35 m. near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Indian and Pacific Oceans, Java, Philippines, Australia.

Bullinula ziczac (Muhlfeldt).

Voluta ziczac Muhl., Ges. Nat. Fr. Berlin, Mag. neu. Entdeck, viii, 5, 1818.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (Bullina scabra).

Habitat.—A few dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Tasmania, Australia, Pacific and Indian Oceans, Java.

Pugnus parvus Hedley.

Pugnus parvus Hedley, Rec. Austr. Mus., ii, 106, 1896.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—A few dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New South Wales.

Tornatina apicina Gould.

Tornatina apicina Gould, Pro. Bost. Soc. N.H., vii, 139, 1859.

Habitat.—Dead shells abundant in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New South Wales.

Cylichnella thetidis (Hedley).

Cylichna thetidis Hedley, Mem. Austr. Mus., iv, 395, 1903.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged in 10 m. to 30 m. on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand, Australia.

Bullaria peasiana Pilsbry.

Bullaria peasiana Pilsbry, Man. Conch. (i), xv, 348, 1893.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (B. ampulla).

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Sandwich Islands.

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Limacina bulimoides (d'Orbigny).

Atlanta bulimoides d'Orb., Voy. Amér. Mérid., v, 179, 1836.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and warm temperate seas.

Limacina inflata (d'Orbigny).

Atlanta inflata d'Orb., Voy. Amér. Mérid., v, 174, 1836.

Habitat.—Dead shells occasionally washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and warm temperate seas.

Styliola subula (Quoy and Gaimard).

Cleodora subula Q. & G., Ann. Sci. Nat., x, 233, 1827.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and warm temperate seas.

Clio pyramidata Linné.

Clio pyramidata Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. xii, 1094, 1767.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and temperate seas.

Clio acicula (Rang).

Creseis acicula Rang, Ann. Sci. Nat., i, 318, 1828.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and warm temperate seas.

Clio virgula (Rang).

Creseis virgula Rang, Ann. Sci. Nat., i, 316, 1828.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and warm temperate seas.

Cuvierina columnella (Rang).

Cuvieria columella Rang, Ann. Sci. Nat. (i), xiii, 323, 1827.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand; all tropical and warm temperate seas.

Cavolina telemus (Linné).

Monoculus telemus Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. x, 635, 1758.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910 (C. tridentata).

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand; all tropical and warm temperate seas.

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Cavolina trispinosa (Lesueur).

Hyalaea trispinosa Les. in Blainv. Dict. Sci. Nat., xxii, 82, 1821.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand; all tropical and warm temperate seas.

Cavolina longirostris (Lesueur).

Hyalaea longirostris Les. in Blainv. Dict. Sci. Nat., xxii, 81, 1821.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Kermadec specimens belong to the variety strangulata Hedley (Rec. Austr. Mus., vi, 299, 1907).

Habitat.—Dead shells frequently washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zeland; all tropical and temperate seas.

Cavolina inflexa (Lesueur).

Hyalaea inflexa Les., Nouv. Bull. Soc. Philom., iii, 285, 1813.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Dead shells found on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Zealand; all tropical and warm temperate seas.

Cavolina gibbosa (Rang).

Hyalaea gibbosa Rang in d'Orb. Voy. Amér. Mérid., v, 95, 1836.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely washed up on the beaches at Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and warm temperate seas.

Cavolina quadridentata (Lesueur).

Hyalaea quadridentata Lesueur in Blainv. Dict. Sci. Nat., xxii, 81, 1821.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—All tropical and warm temperate seas.

Theceurybia gaudichaudi (Souleyet).

Euribia gaudichaudi Soul., Voy. “Bonite,” Zool., t. 2, p. 253, 1852.

Recorded, Pelseneer, “Challenger” Rep., xix, pt. 58, 55, 1887.

Habitat.—Taken on the surface of the ocean between Sunday and Macauley Islands (“Challenger” Expedition).

Distribution.—Philippines.

Umbraculum umbellum (Martyn).

Patella umbella Martyn, Un. Conch., iii, p1. 102, 1786.

Recorded, Iredale, Pro. Mal. Soc., ix, 71, 1910.

Habitat.—Living among rocks near low-water mark, Coral Bay, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Norfolk Island, New Zealand, Australia, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Heteroplocamus n. gen. for Euplocamus Philippi, preoccupied.

Type.—Euplocamus pacificus Bergh.

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Heteroplocamus pacificus Bergh.

Euplocamus pacificus Bergh, “Challenger” Rep., x, pt. 26, 57, 1884.

Recorded, Bergh, l.c.

Habitat.—Dredged in 1,150 m., between Sunday and Macauley Islands, on volcanic mud (“Challenger” Expedition).

Glaucilla atlanticus (Forster).

Glaucus atlanticus Forster, Voy. “Resolution,” i, 49, 1777.

Habitat.—Live specimens frequently washed up on the beaches, Sunday Island.

Distribution.—Atlantic Ocean.

Leuconopsis pacifica n. sp. Fig. 39.

Description of Type Specimen.—Shell thin, ovate, apex obtuse. Whorls 4, those of the spire flat, shouldered above, their sides nearly parallel, and, as they decrease in size towards the apex, form a step-like series. Aperture narrowly pyriform. Outer lip thick in front, suddenly becoming thin behind with a free rounded edge, thus forming a narrow posterior canal. Inner lip a broad callous smear. Columella with 3 plaits, the central one largest. Shell smooth with axial growth-lines, white.

Height, 2.7 mm. Diameter, 1.5 mm.

Variations from Type.—The upper columella plication, weak in the type, is absent in all other specimens. The type is the largest specimen seen.

Habitat.—Dead shells rarely found in dredgings in 10 m. to 30 m. off Sunday Island.

Melampus albus Gassies.

Melampus albus Gassies, Journ. Conch., xiii, 211, 1865.

Habitat.—Dead shells dredged on gravelly bottom near Sunday Island.

Distribution.—New Caledonia.