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On a specimen of shark in the Museum of the Royal Society, Van Diemen's Land.

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Cross, Alexander (1855) On a specimen of shark in the Museum of the Royal Society, Van Diemen's Land. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 3 (1). p. 81.

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Abstract

When at Hobart Town in December 1852, in the
" Equestrian," convict ship, I noticed some fine specimens
of sharks in the Museum there : one in particular, peculiar
to the coast of Australia and New Zealand, which I identified
as belonging to the genus Lamna, and which I
marked Lamna cornubica ; giving the specimen the same
specific appellation as our English Porbeagle shark. There
is the spine, tail, and jaws of the fish in the Museum ; the
last remarkable for its armature of long, thick, nail-like
teeth, and the pointed form of the snout ; hence the shark
is called in Muller and Keule's classification, Oxyrhina
gomphodon,—it is the Tilueron of the Spaniards, a species
of it being found in the Mediterranean, but not of the formidable
dimensions of the Australian variety. Alexander Cross was ships surgeon on the third voyage of the 'Equestrian' , a convict transport ship that departed Plymouth on 1 September 1852 and arrived, 106 days later, in Hobart on 16 December 1852.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: p. 81
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to The Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 23:53
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2014 23:53
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