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The Hourglass, the Crucigere and the Albigene by LordGeekington The Hourglass, the Crucigere and the Albigene by LordGeekington
In 1820, Jean René Constant Quoy and Joseph Paul Gaimard observed the Hourglass Dolphin for the first time, and described it as two separate species. The first, 'delphinus crucigere', had a cross-like pattern when viewed from behind and the second, 'delphinus albigena', had a white stripe behind its head. Despite the questionable description, the crucigère lives on as _Lagenorhynchus cruciger_.

This illustration hypothesizes how one species could assume two separate postures and be interpreted in two different ways (left: 'crucigère', right: 'albigène'). The bottom illustrations are based on those appearing in Quoy & Gaimard's book and are apparently not drawn by either eyewitness (whether they were based on eyewitness sketches - I have no idea).

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Shirukiba Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, fascinating. I hadn't heard this part of the story before.
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