Abstract

The collection of Echinodermata comprises one hundred and thirty specimens representing nineteen species, most of which belong to well known forms, common to the Pacific coral reefs. Although devoid of new species, the material includes a few rare examples of great interest not, hitherto represented in the Museum Collection. The following are the Orders represented:  Echinoidea, 7 species; Asteroidea, 3 species; Ophiuroidea, 3 species; Holothuroidea, 6 species. The species of interest are Echinothrix turcarum, Echinometra oblonga, Laganum depressum, Ophidiaster cylindricus, Culcita acutispinosa, Ophiarthrum elegans, and Holothuria imitans.

The Culcita acutispinosa has been noticed at some length, and the non-specific value of external form has also been pointed out. In a subsequent article by Mr. Waite a note will be found on the commensalism of Fierasfer with Holothuria argus. Mr. Saville Kent has recorded a species of Fierasfer as occurring in in the body cavity of Holothuria mammifera, on the Queensland coast. In this connection I venture to suggest that future observers should try to ascertain if Fierasfer is ever found in members of the genus Muelleria. Possibly the presence of anal teeth in Muelleria may be of use in excluding the fish from the body cavity.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Whitelegge, 1897, Aust. Mus. Mem. 3(1): 155–164
Author
T. Whitelegge
Year
1897
Title
The Echinodermata of Funafuti. VII. The Echinodermata
Serial Title
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume
3
Issue
1
Start Page
155
End Page
164
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1967.3.1897.493
Language
English
Date Published
25 February 1897
Cover Date
25 February 1897
ISSN
0067-1967
CODEN
AUNMA5
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ECHINODERMATA
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20 February 2009
Available Online
09 March 2009
Reference Number
493
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