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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3077 • Giovanni Antonio Scopoli to Carl Linnaeus, 3 May 1762 n.s.
Dated 3. Maij. 1762. Sent from Idrija (Slovenia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustri[ssimo] et Celeberrimo Viro,
D[omino] Carolo Linnaeo,
Eq[uiti] de stella polari &c. &c.,
Scientiae Naturalis Instauratori,
Totique Eruditissimo
Societatis Regiae Scientiarum,
Upsaliensis Coetui,
Novam hanc Lacertae speciem
Donat, dedicat
Joannes Scopoli Phys[icus] Idriensis.

Inter res Naturales in Carnioliae Ducatu a me primo detectas, non infimum locum sibi vendicat, novum hoc Amphibium, quod vivum nuper Labaco misit doctissimus Amicus R[everendissimus] P[ater] Franciscus Xav[erius] Wulfen e Soc[ietate] Jesui, estque iuxta Systema Nat[urae] Celeberr[imi] Equitis Caroli Linnaei.

9. caeca. Lacerta cauda ancipiti brevi, palmis tridactylis, plantis didactylis. Habitat in aquis dulcibus, quae ex cryptis subterraneis effluunt civia Sittich, non frequens.

Descript. Corpus iners, teres, nudum, lubricum, pollicis humani crassitie. Caput teretiusculum, leniter depressum, pone crassius, attenuatum, ore obtuso, mandibula inferiore breviore, oculis nullis, sed horum loco tuberculum prominens caecum, Crista utrinque auriformis, constans arbusculis 3-4, cinnaberini coloris, Maxilla utraque dentata, oris rictus parvus, vix trium linearum.

Pedes antici digitis tribus, postici duobus, unguibus nullis.

Variat 1o statura pedali, colore ubique albo, crista gulae quadrifida.
         2o statura et colore, qualem icon ostendit, crista gulae trifida.

Victitat cochleis exiguis, quae in aquis dulcibus apud nos copiosae, quarum specimina pariter submitto.

Animal ipsum, una cum Sepia Sepiola, conservo in Sp[iritu] vini, illudque Tibi, Vir Celeberr[ime], submittam, una cum Upupa muraria et radicibus ac speciebus plantarum, quas a me petere dignatus es; id unum rogo, ut curam res hasce excipiendi Tibique mittendi committere velis Viennae D[omino] Jacquin, Tibi aliunde noto. Quamprimum capsula illa, insectis, plantis, lapidibus plena, quam Tibi transferendam D[omino] Gronovio misi per D[ominum] Jacquin ad Te venerit, ut monere digneris, rogo. Interim vale, Vir Celeberrime, et porro me ama!

Dab[am] Idriae 3 maii 1762.

Si rescribere placuerit, dirigendae litterae, hunc in modum: WiennLabac. Idria.

upSUMMARY

Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends a description of a lizard belonging to a hitherto unknown species, a Lacerta caeca. Scopoli thinks it should be included in the Systema naturae. He had got a live specimen from Franz Xaverius WulfenWulfen, Franz Xaverius
(1728-1805). ?. Professor of
mathematics, Klagenfurt. Member of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
.

The animal itself is kept in alcohol and will be sent to Linnaeus together with other material that should have been in the previous sending. Scopoli wants Linnaeus to ask Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
to take care of the transport and to combine it with a sending of his own.

Scopoli also wants to be informed that the previous sending, routed via Jacquin and Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
,[see Scopoli to Linnaeus, 28 January 1762Letter L2849 and 5 February 1762Letter L3043], has reached Linnaeus.

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a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 8). [1] [2]