Asks to borrow some more cirripede specimens.
Down Farnborough Kent
If you will have now the kindness to lend me your Pollicipes,
If you have any separate valves & w
I will immediately on receipt of the specimen acknowledge its arrival. & return stamps for its registry &c.—
I beg to remain | Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | C. Darwin
- f1 1288.f1Two species of Pollicipes, P. striatus and P. fallax, from Fitch's collection are described in Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 70–1 and 75–6. In the preface, CD thanked Fitch for ‘his unrivalled collection of Cirripedia from the Upper Chalk of Norwich’ (p. v). For a description of the collection and biographical details about Fitch, see Trenn 1974.
- f2 1288.f2See letter to J. J. S. Steenstrup, 30 December .
- f3 1288.f3Since the valves of cirripedes are linked only by tissue that easily decays, most fossil specimens are preserved as single valves. The Pollicipes specimens in Fitch's collection were rare ones in which all, or nearly all, of the valves were co-embedded. See CD's paper on ‘British fossil Lepadidae’ (Collected papers 1: 251–2) and Trenn 1974, pp. 471, 477, and 478 (fig. 3).