Loochoo Island and Captain Beechey's Voyage

William at William at
Fri May 1 07:57:23 CDT 1998


Loo Choo is an old name for the Ryukyu Islands, or Nansei-shoto, the
chain extending south from Japan to Taiwan.  Okinawa is the best known
of the chain.


Olivier De Clerck wrote:
> Dear all,
> 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?
> Looking forward hearing from you.
> Olivier De Clerck.
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> Olivier De Clerck
> Dept. Morph., Syst. & Ecol., Lab. Botany
> K.L.Ledeganckstraat 35 - B-9000 Gent, Belgium
> tel 9-264.50.64 / fax 9-264.53.34 / olivier.declerck at rug.ac.be
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Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
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