Two Australian species of Ditrypa
In 1877 Brazier placed before the Linnean Society of New South Wales the continuation of his examination of the Mollusca collected during the "Chevert" Expedition, including among these results his description of a new species of Dentalium. This species was named by him Dentalium laeve, and his description, unaccompanied by a figure reads:...
At the conclusion of his description Brazier remarks that "The lower part of this species resembles the spines of Sea Urchins "Echinidae" The greater part of the specimens are encrusted over with a fine coating of coral-like substance."
To the description the following localities are appended: Princess Charlotte Bay, North-East Australia, 13 fms., sandy mud; Cape Grenville, North-East Australia, 20 fms., mud; York Island, Torres Straits, 13 fms., hard mud bottom; Darnley Island, Torres Straits, 5, 15, 20, 30 fms., mud, sand and sandy mud bottom.
These specimens are housed in the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney, and I am indebted to Mr. John Shewan for his courtesy in placing them at my disposal for examination.