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Record number: WCP814

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
George Albert Boulenger
30 August 1891

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Parkstone, Dorset, to George Albert Boulenger, [British Museum (Natural History), Cromwell Road, London, S.W.] on 30 August 1891.

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18 March 2011 by NHM


Thanks for list of genera of reptiles and amphibians of the Palaearctic region; requires similar list for the Nearctic region & number of peculiar Nearctic genera of freshwater fishes, names not needed.

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LETTER (WCP814.986)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Natural History Museum
Finding number:
NHM DF235-1-1-803-3
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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August 30th. 1891.

G.A. Boulenger Esq.1

Dear Sir

Many thanks for the list of genera (of Rep.[tiles] and Amph.[ibians]) of the Palæarctic Region which I shall give in a note.

I should be very glad if you can furnish me with a similar list for the Nearctic Region.

Also if you can obtain for me the number of peculiar Nearctic genera of Freshwater fishes -- names not required. I gave 29 peculiar [[2]] genera in my first Edition -- no doubt obtained from Dr. Günther,2 -- and he can no doubt tell you if the same number may stand now, or whether it should be considerably increased or diminished. An approximate number will do.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


1. George Albert Boulenger (1858-1937), Belgian-British zoologist who worked at the Natural History Museum's Department of Zoology from 1880 to 1920.

2. Dr. Albert C. L. G. Günther (1830-1914), German-British zoologist and President of the Linnaean Society from 1896 to 1900.

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