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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Antoine Gouan, 26 February 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761 d: 26 februarii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Montpellier (France). Written in Latin.


On 30 December 1760 Linnaeus had received Antoine GouanísGouan, 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
letter [Gouan to Linnaeus, 18 December 1760Letter L2833].

Linnaeus sees that Gouan is busy working with the systematics of fish. Gouan had asked about some of Artediís fishes. However, Linnaeus cannot answer, since he does not have Listerís work on fish at hand. However, Linnaeus knows for sure that Peter ArtediísArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
Cyprinus no. 19 is Linnaeusís Cyprinus albanus no. 23, as can be seen in Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
. Linnaeus is certain that Capriscus is a species of Balistes, but he does not know whether it is Balistes vetula or another species of Balistes.

Linnaeus has not seen Balistes scolopax. He has often wondered why Artedi put Scolopax in the genus Balistes. He hopes that Gouan will define this fish.

Linnaeus does not know where the rumour regarding an expedition to Spain originates. People from France, Italy and Spain have written to him about it. However, there has been no letter of invitation. He therefore concludes that it is all a mistake.

Linnaeus has received Rocheís [Linnaeus means Bartolomo Giambattista RoncoRonco, Bartolomo Giambattista
] seeds. If Linnaeus knew where Ronco was, he would write and thank him. Linnaeus has not seen Roncoís Manettia. He would like to know what genus it belongs to in order to insert it in his Systema naturae.


a. original holograph (BL, Additional Ms 22935, 184). [1]