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Retepora cellulosa
Date Made/Found: 1865
Donor: Mrs Horatia Katharine Frances Eden , British, 1846 - 1945
Previous owner: Previously owned by Mrs Margaret Gatty , British, 1809 - 1873
Place Object Found: Cape of Good Hope
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: E1909.197
Every specimen that enters a museum must be identified and the process of doing this requires expertise and, often, many hours of painstaking work. Museum natural history collections therefore represent millions of hours of painstaking work by experts. Even so, sometimes, even the experts can be flumoxed. This specimen of bryozoan was found off the coast of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in 1865. It was ultimately sent to Margaret Gatty, who couldn't be certain of its identification and thus wrote it up as "Retepora cellulosa?"
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