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John Ellis (naturalist)

Title page of French translation of "Natural History of the Corallines"
Plate from John Ellis’ "A Botanical Description of the Dionoea muscipula"

John Ellis FRS (c1710 - 15 October 1776) was a British linen merchant and naturalist.

Ellis specialised in the study of corals. He was elected a member of the Royal Society in 1754 and in the following year published An essay towards the Natural History of the Corallines. He was awarded the Copley Medal in 1767. His A Natural History of Many Uncommon and Curious Zoophytes, written with Daniel Solander, was published posthumously in 1776.

Ellis was appointed Royal Agent for West Florida in 1764 and for Dominica

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