The Atoll of Funafuti, Ellice group : its zoology, botany, ethnology and general structure based on collections made by Charles Hedley of the Australian Museum, Sydney, N.S.W.
Order Alcyonacea. — Family Helioporidæ. — Heliopora coerulea, Pallas
Heliopora coerulea, Pallas.
Heliopora coerulea, (Pallas) Blainville, Manuel d'Actinol., p. 392, pl. lxi. fig. 3.
Mr. C. Hedley informs me that he only once obtained Heliopora alive at Funafuti, but that dead specimens were abundant, both cast up on the beach and in situ in the lagoon.
It was also observed in a semifossil condition in a raised reef near the centre of the islet. On the island of Nukulailai it was seen alive in profusion at the boat landing.