Excerpt from The Templeton Crocker Expedition to Western Polynesian and Melanesian Islands

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Excerpt from The Templeton Crocker Expedition to Western Polynesian and Melanesian Islands

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The Templeton Crocker expedition did a great deal of animal life collecting on various Pacific islands, on behalf of the California Academy of Sciences. They gathered a few samples from Palmyra, which are mentioned in the excerpt.

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M.E. McLellan Davidson

Publisher

California Academy of Sciences

Date

October 16, 1934

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Public Domain

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Paper

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English

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In the year 1933, Mr. Templeton Crocker, in his yacht Zaca, visited several groups of western Polynesian and Melanesian islands for the purpose of acquiring collections of natural history and ethnological material. The natural history specimens were destined for the California Academy of Sciences, and included ornithological representations from several rarely visited islands.

Bird skins secured by the expedition were taken on the following islands:

Solomon Islands:
Malaita Guadalcanar San Cristoval Ugi
Santa Catalina Santa Ana Rennell Bellona

Swallow Group, Santa Cruz Islands:
Lomlom Nupani Anuda Matema

Palmyra

Adequate collections from certain of the more interesting of the Solomon Islands have not been available until recently. Material secured in recent years by the Whitney South Sea Expedition has aided in the consolidation of the work previously accomplished by Tristram, Ramsay, Rothschild, Hartert, Stresemann, and others, and made possible Mayr's several studies in distribution and differentiation. The avifauna of Rennell Island has been shown to be an important link in the distribution chain, and, although the material under examination appears to include no new forms, the California Academy of Sciences is fortunate in having such a valuable representation in its collections.

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M.E. McLellan Davidson, “Excerpt from The Templeton Crocker Expedition to Western Polynesian and Melanesian Islands,” Palmyra Archive, accessed November 17, 2017, http://palmyraarchive.org/items/show/61.

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