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Darwin Correspondence Project

To J. J. S. Steenstrup   15 June [1850]

Down Farnborough Kent

June 15th.

My dear Sir

I sincerely beg your pardon for troubling you so soon, but I write to say that my Plates are in the Engraver’s hands, & if you could without very much trouble send me soon the additional specimens of your Anatifera cretæ or Oxynaspis ? or Scalpellum ?1 it wd be a great obligation.

Dear Sir | Yours truly obliged | C. Darwin


Classified by CD as Scalpellum (?) cretæ, with Anatifera cretæ as a synonym. The specimens sent by Steenstrup were not classified as a new fossil genus for lack of proof that they had only five valves. See Fossil Cirripedia (1851): 45–6.


Fossil Cirripedia (1851): A monograph on the fossil Lepadidæ, or, pedunculated cirripedes of Great Britain. By Charles Darwin. London: Palaeontographical Society. 1851.


Asks him to send additional cirripede specimens.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Johannes Japetus Smith (Japetus) Steenstrup
Sent from
Malvern Down letterhead
Source of text
Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen (NKS 3460 4to)
Physical description

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1342,” accessed on 16 May 2021,

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