Speaking of Linnaeus ....number of species described?

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Sat Nov 8 10:35:06 CST 2003

The blurb text of  'The_compleat_naturalist' (1971, 2001):
"The Swedish scientist Linnaeus ... 
... distinguishing and naming 7,700 plants and 4,400 animals in his lifetime."

Not sure how reliable a book this is. Going by the number of times it is referred to it should be well regarded. However, it places the University of Harderwijk in Holland, which is as close to blasphemy as you can get in a geographic statement. It also badly mangles the circumstances of the University's closing. 

I suppose the blurb text could well be more reliable than the book itself. Anyway the numbers more or less accord with the figure given by Heywood and Davis ("about 7700 species of Angiosperms"). Also with the fact that animals were a lot less important to Linnaeus than plants.

Paul van Rijckevorsel, Utrecht

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