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The earliest taxonomic description and illustration of an Australian reptile: another historical first for bluetongue lizards (Squamata: Scincidae: Tiliqua)

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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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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
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
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania

Date Deposited: 21 May 2012 04:33
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:06
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