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Notes on Australian Bombyliidae, mostly from the manuscript papers of the late Arthur White

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Hardy, George Hurlstone Hurdlestone (1923) Notes on Australian Bombyliidae, mostly from the manuscript papers of the late Arthur White. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 72-86.

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Abstract

The manuscript papers of the late Arthur White consist of (1) contributions
that have already been published; (2) a very large mass of
compiled notes and descriptions, interspersed amongst which
are (3) a few pages of original material that have not been
published, and that contain certain information based upon
the examination of Walker's types in the British Museum.
Notes on the types of earlier described species are of
utmost importance, but White limited his observations almost
entirely to those characters that he could use in keys,
and often a number of species included by him under a
genus also include some he has never seen. It is difficult to
judge how much of the keys is based on observation and
examination of the type material, and how much on compilations
from other works.
Owing to this confusion, White's manuscript cannot be
compiled into a condition suitable for publication as an independent
paper. I have therefore considered it advisable
to publish White's records with my own, and to accept that
which appears to me to be original, and within the probability
of being correct.
The keys and notes taken from White's manuscript are
indicated so that it can be readily understood how much of
my paper is to be attributed to White's researches.
So far only manuscript containing Bombyliidae and
Nemestrinida has been found to contain unpublished matter,
and from the information given in the former family, I find
it necessary to amend my catalogue on the Bombyliidae which
was previously published in these Proceedings; some alterations
which are the result of other researches are also included.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 72-86
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 02:41
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:59
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