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The earliest taxonomic description and illustration of an Australian reptile: another historical first for bluetongue lizards (Squamata: Scincidae: Tiliqua)
Shea, GM (2000) The earliest taxonomic description and illustration of an Australian reptile: another historical first for bluetongue lizards (Squamata: Scincidae: Tiliqua). Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 134. pp. 79-82. ISSN 0080-4703
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Manuscript descriptions of several species of reptiles prepared in 1777 by William Anderson, naturalist on James Cook's third voyage of discovery, are reported and, where possible, identified. The most thorough description is of the Blotched Bluetongue, Tiliqua nigrolutea, based on a specimen collected from Adventure Bay, Bruny Island, and painted by the artist John Webber. This description, though not previously published, is the earliest known formal scientific description of an Australian reptile, and the painting is the earliest scientific illustration of an Australian reptile.
|Keywords:||Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
|Page Range:||pp. 79-82|
|Collections:||Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania|
|Additional Information:||Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania|
|Date Deposited:||21 May 2012 04:33|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 04:33|
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