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8 [[image]] 7 colored by hand, although it is undoubtedly a genuine freak of nature. Dr. Edward Palmer.—— Sixty-five cases of Corals, Sponges, Crustaceans, and Echinoderms, from southern Florida and the Dry Tortugas. This is the largest collection, next to that of the Fish Commission, received by this Department during the year, and was made in the interest of the New Orleans International Exhibition, through the funds appropriated for that purpose by Congress. In detailing Dr. Palmer for this undertaking, it was with the intention of bringing together as exhaustive a collection as possible of the more important and conspicuous animal products of the coral reef region of Southern Florida, which, considering its many interesting economic and biological features, has never been properly represented hitherto, either in the National Museum collections or in connection with any of our great expositions. The results obtained by Dr. Palmer
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