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Orthoscuticella margaritacea
Date Made/Found: 1873
Donor: Mrs Horatia Katharine Frances Eden , British, 1846 - 1945
Place Object Found: Tasmania
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: E1909.28
This specimen was originally named as Catenicella margaritacea by George Busk in 1852. It is believed that this species was one of several he named after Margaret Gatty, who frequently corresponded with Busk on scientific matters. Unfortunately, Busk died before many of his type specimens were fully described and as a result, many of his scientific names are considered nomen nudum, meaning that they aren't valid. However, ever since Busk's death, other marine biologists have sought to complete his work. This species has since been named as Orthoscuticella margaritacea, but the species retains Busk's original dedication to Margaret Gatty.
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