Loochoo Island and Captain Beechey's Voyage

Thomas G. Lammers lammers at FMPPR.FMNH.ORG
Fri May 1 07:10:54 CDT 1998

At 10:33 AM 05-01-98 +0100, Olivier De Clerck wrote:

>Can somebody help me out. I'm looking for a geographical locality
>called 'Loochoo Island'. It is the type locality of Dictyota
>spinulosa (an unusual algal species), described by W.H. Harvey in
>Hooker & Arnott, The Botany of Beechey's Voyage (1838: 275). I have a
>feeling Loochoo should be situated somewhere near north of Taiwan,
>southern Japan, but I can't find any indication in an atlas. Did it
>change name?

This is an old transliteration for the Ryukyu Islands, which stretch between
Japan and Taiwan and include Okinawa.

Thomas G. Lammers

Classification, Nomenclature, Phylogeny and Biogeography
of the Campanulaceae, s. lat.

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