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Catalogue of the Madreporarian Corals in the British Museum (Natural History)

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THE first volume of the “Catalogue of the Madreporarian Corals in the British Museum” appeared in 1893; it consisted of a monograph of the very intricate genus Madrepora, and was the last work of the enthusiastic and talented George Brook. His lamented death threatened to seriously retard the production of the remaining volumes of the catalogue, for the Madreporaria are a peculiarly difficult group to classify, and as Dr. Brook had by that time obtained a considerable experience in the classification of corals, it was expected that he would have been able to bring out the succeeding volumes with a reasonable degree of celerity. Dr. Günther was fortunate enough at this juncture to secure the services of Mr. H. M. Bernard, who entered upon his laborious duties with characteristic energy and ability.

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