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Narcon Island

Helmut Zibrowius hzibrowi at com.univ-mrs.fr
Wed Mar 11 10:27:01 EST 1998


Baird's NARCON Island:

On Wed, 11 Mar 1998 13:04:51 +1100, Geoff Read wrote:


>I recalled Helmut Zibrowius
>commenting on Narcon Island a couple of years ago. In message
>http://www.bio.net/hypermail/ANNELIDA/9512/0030.html Helmut wrote: 
>
>"Well, I think that I have good reasons to believe that Narcon Island is
>just a poor transcription of Marion Island, a southern island that
>effectively was visited by J. Ross' expedition."
>
>Helmut, this is a belated follow-up to learn if those good reasons perhaps
>include viewing an original label?

Here he is and maintains the same interpretation:

A long and thorough search, including the help of several librarians, 
and correspondance with the British Antarctic Surveys made me 
conclude that there was no such island, officially named "Narcon" Island.
I saw the type specimen of Serpula narconensis and the label with it: it 
clearly reads Narcon Island. I conclude that this is due to a transcription 
error, from Marion Islands. 
Even if Ross did not go at land for detailed polychaete inventories at 
the coast, the expedition could have easily got that serpulid, which in 
these subantarctic islands occurs from shallow to deep water, including on 
Macrocystis holdfasts.

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