210 Zoological Society. tions a whorl of leaves more than a few lines in length, and then only at the extremity of the stalks ; so that the identity is not complete. St. Leonard's Parsonage, North Shore, Sydney, April 7, 1848. PROCEEDINGS OF LEARNED SOCIETIES. ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY. January 25, 1848. — Dr. Gamble in the Chair. On a new species of Parrot. By G. R. Gray, Esq., F.L.S. I have compared the drawing of a Parrot now living in Lord Derby's collection at Knowsley with all the descriptions and figures of the different known species, but have not succeeded in meeting with one to which it can be referred. I am however somewhat doubtful whether the bird represented belongs to the genus Platy-cercus, or to Coracopsis ; I have given the preference to the latter, leaving it to those who may have a better opportunity of examining the specimen than I had, while it was in London in the summer of 1847, to decide this question; and I feel that it is even possible that it may prove to be the type of a new form altogether. I propose to characterize it provisionally as Coracopsis .'' personata. Sp. Ch. — Smaragdina -fronte, periophthalmis mandibularumque basi atris ; pectore abdomineque medio aurantiacis, hoc saturatiore ; remigibus rectricibusque cyaneo-nigris. The habitat of this fine bird is supposed to be New Guinea. It appears to be about fifteen inches in length. February 8. — William Yarrell, Esq., Vice-President, in the Chair. Three communications were made to the Meeting : — 1. Description of a new species of Galidictis from Mada-gascar. By John Edward Gray, Esq., F.R.S. Geoffroy St. Hilaire, in the manuscript catalogue of the Mam-malia in the Paris collections, notices a specimen from Madagascar which had been collected by M. Sonnerat, which he described in the following manner, under the name of Mustela striata : " Supra satu-rate fusca ; striis quinque longitudinalibus angustis parallehs albis ; gastrseo pallide canescente, caudd basi fusca, reliqua albci ; statura Mustelse vulgaris." — Fischer, Syn. 224. M. Cuvier in the 'Regne Animal' (ed. 2*^^. 144) described the same specimen under the name of " La Belette rayee de Madagascar, Putorius striatus, Cuvier, de la taille de la belette d'Europe, d'un brun roussatre avec cinq lignes longitudinales blanchaties ; de dessous et presque toute la queue Wane' atre."