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Conferva darwinii
Date Made/Found: November 1861
Donor: Miss Margaret Alice Meyler , 1863-1962
Previous owner: Mrs Margaret Gatty , British, 1809 - 1873
Previous owner: Mrs Horatia Katharine Frances Eden , British, 1846 - 1945
Previous owner: Dr William Lauder Lindsay , 1829 - 1880
Place Object Found: Dunedin
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: 2015.59.190
This specimen is part of a folio of pressed seaweeds collated by Margaret Gatty and her daughter, Horatia. The contents of the folio were collected between 1850 to 1864, with a couple of later additions. This specimen was originally part of a herbarium collated by the Scottish naturalist, Dr William Lauder Lindsay. It isn't currently clear how Margaret Gatty acquired the specimen.

There is a handwritten note at the foot of the sheet, suggesting that Margaret may have loved this specimen, due to its name. This is perhaps a reference to Margaret's disagreement with Darwin in regard of natural selection. The route of the Latin name Conferva darwinii would be something like 'vigorously boil Darwin.'
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