[Taxacom] How "confident" was Linnaeus?

Nico Franz nico.franz at asu.edu
Fri Aug 28 14:31:56 CDT 2015


Dear Taxacomers:

   Somewhere I may have overheard that towards the end of his active
career, Linnaeus (who I gather named ~ 12,000 species) stated something
along the lines of:

(1) the majority of species on earth had been documented by now (and
largely by him); and

(2) temperate (European?) regions are more diverse than the tropics?

   Is there any substance to ascribing these views to Linnaeus? Verifiable
quotes in on-line resources? Or is this wrong?

Thanks for considering, Nico


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