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An early (1834) illustration of the wood lemming, Myopus schisticolor (Lilljeborg, 1844), from Finland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Plant Ecology and Evolution.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2011 (English)In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 38, no 2, 214-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The wood lemming, Myopus schisticolor, was described as a new species by the Swedish zoologist Wilhelm Lilljeborg in 1844 from a specimen captured in Norway the year before. With the original description was a fine hand-coloured lithograph by the artist Magnus Korner. A Latin translation of the description published later that year also used an illustration by Korner, but it was of lesser quality. However, the species had been observed, described and depicted earlier, but these renderings never reached the scientific community. In 2008 and 2009 respectively, one illustration of the wood lemming made by the Finnish-born artist Wilhelm von Wright was sold twice at auctions in Stockholm. The illustration is dated 1834 and shows a specimen that was found dead at the artist's native home, Haminalaks, in Kuopio parish, Central Finland, that year. However, an accurate description of the species had already been made in 1765, by a group of young naturalists on a tour in the Swedish province Dalecarlia.

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2011. Vol. 38, no 2, 214-219 p.
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Wilhelm von Wright, Wilhelm Lilljeborg, Magnus Korner, animal illustrations, natural history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-162712DOI: 10.3366/anh.2011.0029ISI: 000296892400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-162712DiVA: diva2:461778
Available from: 2011-12-05 Created: 2011-12-05 Last updated: 2011-12-05Bibliographically approved

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