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Packhorse crayfish

Packhorse crayfish

John Buchanan's drawing of Palinurus tumidus, later known as the packhorse crayfish, appeared in the Transactions of the New Zealand Institute in 1879. The image was accompanied by a description by T. W. Kirk, a zoologist in the Colonial Museum. The New Zealand Institute had been established in 1867. Its local meetings and proceedings provided a forum for the serious study of New Zealand botany, zoology, geology, chemistry and ethnography (which normally meant study of the Māori people). The institute attracted a range of scholars and scientists, who were presented with a range of largely scientific research about the country, but it was not a place for wider speculation about New Zealand society.

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Reference: T. W. Kirk, 'Description of a new Species of Palinurus'. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 12 (1879): 313
Lithograph by John Buchanan

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Chris Hilliard, 'Intellectuals - Learned societies and journals, 1890s to 1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/42339/packhorse-crayfish (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Chris Hilliard, published 22 Oct 2014