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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.

Turricula Pilsbryi, sp. nov. — (Fig. 40)

Turricula Pilsbryi, sp. nov.
(Fig. 40).

Shell fusiform. Colour orange-buff, with a rosy apex. Whorls five, plus the protoconch. Sculpture—on the last whorl are six roundly swelling arcuate ribs, which arise at the suture and terminate at the basal constriction, but disappear on the final half whorl; the antipenultimate has thirteen ribs. On ascending the spire, the ribs become comparatively more prominent, and on the earliest whorl are sharply constricted and angled at their upper third. On each whorl they alternate with those above and below. Between the ribs appear delicate and evenly-spaced, spiral grooves. Seven or eight broad, close, flat-topped lyræ are obliquely wound around the base. Protoconch two-whorled, globose, projecting on the right side, smooth; anteriorly a spiral groove forecasts the constriction of a later whorl. In the unique specimen the lip is broken. The columella bears a tubercle at the posterior angle, it is then excavated; the Fig. 40. moderately straight pillar carries four, conspicuous, projecting plaits; a callus is spread over the preceding whorl. The throat is on its outer wall corrugated by a dozen raised spiral lines. Length 6, breadth 2½ mm.

Taken by the tangles hauled up on the outer western slope of the atoll, in eighty to forty fathoms, associated with Gorgonidœ, Thetidos, etc.

This species is a member of the subgenus Pusia, and seems well defined by the uniform colour, smooth, wave-like ribs, and basal constriction.

Fig. 40.

Fig. 40.

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Named in honour of the brilliant American Conchologist, who has so successfully laboured to place the systematic study of the Mollusca on a more scientific basis.