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Narcon Island (and Ross the naturalist)

Helmut Zibrowius hzibrowi at com.univ-mrs.fr
Thu Mar 12 11:48:10 EST 1998

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

>Incidentally the bulk of the material from Ross's expedition seems to have
>suffered the same fate as many another - loss through neglect and
>ill-fortune. Little was published on the invertebrates. A great pity since
>Ross himself evidently had a particularly strong predilection for marine
>biological collecting and did some in New Zealand too. At least part was
>by dredging, for Baird 1865 (Baird Hartman#8) describes polynoids Hermadion
>ferox and H. fuligineum collected from the Ross Sea  and 'dredged' in 300
>fathoms - quite a depth for those days, ....

for species from Ross' deep dredging stations see: 

Cairns S.D., 1983. Antarctic and Subantarctic Stylasterina
(Coelenterata: Hydrozoa). Antarctic Res. Ser., 38 (2): 61-164.
-- contains remarks on the stylasterid Errina fissurata Gray, 1872, from
270 fathoms.

Bayer F.M., 1990. The identity of Fannyella rossii J.E.Gray (Coelenterata:
Octocorallia). Proc. biol. Soc. Washington, 103 (4): 773-784. --
gorgonarian from the same 270 fathoms station.

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