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Journal: Asian Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences (Vol.2, No. 2)

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Keywords : Thunberg; Japanese natural history; Entomology; Linnaean disciple; taxonomy; history of science;

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Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828) was the most famous of Linnaeus’s pupils and became known as the `Linnaeus of Japan`. However, he was a zoologist almost as much as a botanist and should be remembered also for his lasting contributions to zoology, especially entomology. He published about 160 zoological papers, 90 of which dealt with insects, and he described more than 1,500 new species of insects. One of his first scientific papers dealt with the new grasshopper genus Pneumora from South Africa. Thunberg’s insect collections amount to 36,000 specimens and are largely intact as today. He was also the author of several mammals, such as the Brown Hyaena, and a number of reptiles and fishes, including several new species from Japan.

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