Domenico VandelliVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Left
for Portugal in 1764, where he was a
professor at the university of Coimbra.
He was the founder of Ajuda botanical
garden in Lisboa and of the Coimbra
botanical garden, where he was also the
first director (1773-1791).
Correspondent of Linnaeus. had written to Linnaeus a few days earlier [Vandelli to Linnaeus 3 September 1765Letter L3642] and sent a picture of the Draco tree. Now, he sends a collection of material (a package of plants, some seeds, shells, some stones from Brazil and a book). The plants are common ones, but as he has not got books enough to go further, he wants Linnaeus to determine them for him. In the future, however, Linnaeus will only be consulted on the rare ones, as long as Vandelli serves the King of Portugal [Joseph IJoseph I, (1714-1777).
Portuguese. Reigned from 1750. ].
A description of a small fish is given, and a dried specimen of the fish is enclosed.