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.
Galeropsis madreporarum, Sowerby
Galeropsis madreporarum, Sowerby.
Tryon, loc. cit, p. 212, pl. lxvii., figs. 389 - 391, 398; Pease, Am.
Journ. Conch, iv., 1868, p. 112.
Purpura porphyroleuca, Crosse, Journ. de Conch. xix., 1871, p. 322, pl. xiii., fig. 7.
This species was found alive at Funafuti in crevices of living coral, particularly Millepora.
Quoy and Gaimard report this from Tonga, Marie from Tahiti, Gould from Wake Island and Samoa, and Melvill and Standen from Lifu. It is also shown in this Museum from New Caledonia, Hawaii, and Vate, New Hebrides.
The description above quoted by Crosse corresponds so well to Sowerby's, that his name may safely be reduced to synonomy.