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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4610 • Carl Linnaeus to Alexander Garden, 16 January 1772 n.s.
Dated 1772. d. 16 Januar.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

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Linnaeus is very pleased to have heard from Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
British/American. Doctor of medicine,
South Carolina. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
and to have received the great amount of specimens [Garden to Linnaeus, 20 June 1771Letter L4515]. It arrived via John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
a few days previously.

Linnaeus comments and gives the trivial names on several of the species of fish. Very briefly, Linnaeus comments on other specimens sent, the most interesting being the following:

The lizard that resembles the Sirene has internal gills and four feet, so it can not be a reptile.

Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had already announced that he would publish the turtle, which is a very interesting species.