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Thu 24 Jun 2004

Elliot Dawson of King Crab fame

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Elliot W. Dawson and his wife Grace visited the Raffles Museum on 13th May 2004. Dawson, from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Te Papa) is famous for his work on nemerteans (ribbon worms) and later King Crabs. He authored the famous 1989 monograph, "King crabs of the world."*

Dawson last visited the collection in 1985 when it was situated on a hillock in what was then Nanyang University. Nanyang had generously housed the collection between 1980 - 1986 before it was allocated its present location in NUS. That building is the present Administration Annexe in what is now Nanyang Technological University.

Peter and Elliot here pictured in the Wet Collection with the Holotype specimen of Chaceon manningi, dredged in 1991 from between 438m - 636m in waters around Tung Sa Islands, South China Sea. This crab is believed to be associated with hydrothermal vents. In the background is a King Crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) collected from the Northern Sea, Hokkaido, Japan, 1992.

*Dawson, EW, 1989. King crabs of the world (Crustacea: Lithodidae) and their fisheries: a comprehensive bibliography. Misc. Publ. 101, New Zealand Oceanographic Institute, Wellington New Zealand. 338 pp

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