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William Blandowski’s fish

William Blandowski was the first zoologist hired by the museum. The naming of several fish species after prominent figures of the Philosophical Institute, and the uncomplimentary descriptions Blandowski provided, created a scandal in Melbourne that forced his departure.Explore this Object 
Blandowski named the fish Cernua eadesii in ‘honour’ of Philosophical Institute member Dr Eades. It was described as ‘a fish easily recognized by its low forehead, big belly and sharp spine’.
William Blandowski’s Cernua eadesii proposed in 1858

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