Australian Museum Journal IX. The Enteropneusta. Part I

Shortform:
Hill, 1897, Aust. Mus. Mem. 3(3): 203–210
Author(s):
Hill, J. P.
Year published:
1897
Title:
IX. The Enteropneusta. Part I
Serial title:
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume:
3
Issue:
3
Start page:
203
End page:
210
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1967.3.1897.495
Language:
English
Plates:
plate ix
Date published:
12 July 1897
Cover date:
12 July 1897
ISSN:
0067-1967
CODEN:
AUNMA5
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
20 February 2009
Available online:
16 July 2009
Reference number:
495
EndNote package:
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Title page:
Title page (81kb PDF)
Complete work:
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Abstract

The collection of Enteropneusta brought by Mr. Charles Hedley from Funafuti, and which I have had the privilege of examining through the kindness of Mr. R. Etheridge, Junr., Curator of the Museum, comprises two distinct and widely separated species belonging to the genus Ptychodera.

One of these species is identical with a species found by Dr. Arthur Willey at three distinct localities in the New Caledonian Archipelago, and of which he has already communicated an account to the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science. Dr. Willey has most kindly sent me his collection for comparison with that made by Mr. Hedley, together with an account of his observations. I am thus enabled to speak definitely on the identity of these two forms. Willey has referred the species concerned provisionally to Ptychodera flava, Eschscholtz, recorded from the Romanzoff Group of the Marshall Archipelago in 1825, and has suggested that until the Marshall Islands' form is re-examined it might be advisable to call the New Caledonian form P. flava caledonica, or simply P. caledonica. Now, however, that the same form has been found to occur at such a distinct and widely separated, but intermediate locality as Funafuti, Willey proposes (in litt.) to drop the name caledonica, and to regard the species, provisionally at least, as P. flava, Eschsch., in the amended sense....