A few days ago François Boissier de La Croix SauvagesísSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de (1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. had forwarded Linnaeusís instructions to Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. [see Linnaeus to Sauvages, 12 January 1759Letter L2485 and 6 March 1759Letter L2518]. Gouan is going to follow them. Gouan has sent Linnaeus descriptions of insects. He will now send the insects. There are some 340 insects that are neither familiar to Linnaeus nor can be found in Sweden. At the end of the letter there is a cross in front of some of the numbers. Some symbolize insects that Linnaeus wishes to receive and Gouan has descriptions of, others are insects that Gouan suspects to be rare. A few days ago Gouan found a new Meloë; it is described.
Gouan says that Coccinella, Linnaeusís Fauna SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
insectorum (Stockholm, 1746).
Soulsby no. 1151. , no. 410, should be put in a new genus called Coccionella; Gouan describes two species.
Gouan sends very rare Scarabaei and a species of Tenebrio. They are described.
Among the fish, Gouan has dissected an Ophidion; it is described in detail.
There is a list with descriptions of rare insects in France: 1 Sylpha, 2-12 Scarabaeus, 13-18 Chrysomela, 19-22 Curculio, 23-29 Tenebrio, 30 Ditiscus, 31 Cassida, 32 Hemerobius, 33 Chrysomela.
Gouan indicates with numbers from Linnaeusís Fauna Svecica what he wants to receive, for example, the Cicadae, Hemerobii and Panorpae. Raphidia, Cynips and Necydalis are genera that are unknown to Gouan.
P.S. In France, there are very big and elegant Cicadae of which there are five or seven species.