Summary

This artwork is based on a Surf Barnacle specimen, Catomerus polymerus (Surf barnacle) collected during the Museum Victoria and Parks Victoria Bioscan biodiversity survey at Wilsons Promontory in 2011. The artist, Mali Moir, a renowned botanical artist, spend several days working with the survey's invertebrate team.

After commencing a series of preliminary field sketches on the beach, Moir further examined the specimen in the Tidal River field laboratory. She observed the process of fixing and preserving the specimen and the taxonomic process by which the museum scientists identify species. Over a number of months at the Museum, Moir continued her work, documenting and illustrating the specimen as it became part of the Museums Victoria Invertebrates Collection.

This scientific artwork represents a seminal shift in Moir's career, as this was her first experience of large scale fieldwork and work outside her botanical illustration studies. In her own words, "it has in a short period of time, completely changed my focus". Mali has since joined various large scale expeditions such as 'Our Planet Reviewed', Papua New Guinea 2012-2012 run by Philippe Bouchet, National Museum of Natural History, Paris and Olivier Pascal, Pro-Natura International expedition.

Moir named the work "Dragon Barnacle" in response to the observations by various members of the marine survey team, who commented that the barnacle resembled a dragon's claw.

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