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To J. G. Forchhammer   12 November [1849]

Down Farnborough Kent

Nov. 12th

My dear Sir

I beg your pardon for troubling you, but I know not how to send the enclosed letter to Prof. Loven;1 will you be so kind as to direct it? He has described a most remarkable cirripede (his Alepas squalicola) parasitic on the northern Sharks,2 & I have written to beseech him for a specimen.— Do you familiarly know him? if so, will you back up my request with a word from yourself.—

I suppose you got my letter3 a few weeks ago, begging for specimens; I shall be truly anxious to receive them. I hope that you will forgive all this trouble & I think I may trust to your great goodnature to do so.

Yours very sincerely | C. Darwin

Do you know anything of a Cineras4 from the North, which Eschricht5 (I do not know whether name spelt right) brought with him to the British Association at Oxford,6 but I did not then think of describing all the species of Cirripedia.—


Letter to J. G. Forchhammer, 25 September [1849].
CD placed all species of Cineras within the genus Conchoderma, giving their names as synonyms (Living Cirripedia (1851): 136–56).
Daniel Frederik Eschricht.
The British Association met in Oxford in 1847. There is no mention of Eschricht in the Report.


Living Cirripedia (1851): A monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species. The Lepadidæ; or, pedunculated cirripedes. By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society. 1851.


Encloses a letter to be forwarded to Sven Lovén, asking for a specimen of a remarkable cirripede. Still anxious to receive JGF’s specimens.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Johan Georg Forchhammer
Sent from
NO 12 1849
Source of text
University of Copenhagen, Mineralogical Museum Archives
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1268,” accessed on 25 January 2022,

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 4