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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.

Plecoterma bellum, H. & A. Adams

Plecoterma bellum, H. & A. Adams.

Sykes, Proc. Malac Soc, i., 1895, p. 242.

In reference to this species, Souverbie pathetically remarks that the wretched work of the Adams permits of no precise identification. Their baneful seed has here produced the usual crop of synonomy. My determination of a shell, once collected on page 487the lagoon beach of Funafuti, rests on a statement by Sykes that P. bellum equals P. souverbiei, Montrouzier, and upon the illustrations of that, which he omitted to quote.*

The range recorded in the Central Pacific is New Caledonia, Loyalty, Taviuni, Fiji, Paumotus, and Gambier.

* * Montrouzier—Journ. de Conch., x., 1862, pl. ix., fig. 12; Gassies— Faune Conch, de la Nouvelle Calédonie, 1863, pl. vi., fig. 23.