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Nature 182, 1391 - 1392 (15 November 1958); doi:10.1038/1821391a0

Confusion between Gromia oviformis and Allogromia ovoidea


Department of Zoology, British Museum (Natural History), London, S.W.7. Sept. 18.

Gromia oviformis Dujardin, 1835, and Allogromia ovoidea Rhumbler, 1903, are marine rhizopods with which the general zoologist is usually acquainted. The former is well known because of its abundance in the inter-tidal zones around the rocky parts of the British coasts, and reference has been made to it in some text-books of invertebrate zoology and proto-zoology. Allogromia ovoidea, although less well known, as a living animal, has been prominently figured on many occasions in standard zoological text-books. During the past fifty years a great deal of confusion has arisen concerning these two protozoans, as a result of which incorrect names are now given in several text-books and standard works of reference.

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