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The Linnean Collections

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The Linnean Society is the custodian of Linnaeus' collections, which comprises specimens of plants (14,000), fish (168), shells (1,564) and insects (3,198) acquired from the widow of Carl Linnaeus in 1784 by James Edward Smith as well as Smith's own plant (17,000 specimens) and insect (5,800) collections. The collections also include the library of Linnaeus (some 1600 volumes) and around 3000 letters and manuscripts. It is the Linnean Society's aim to make available its primary research material in digital formats to support taxonomic and conservation efforts worldwide as well as providing public pleasure and enjoyment. This digital archive of unique material relating to the society's priceless collections of specimens, manuscripts and letters will enable full global access for investigation allowing researchers to rapidly check details of the specimens on-line, including morphological details and written data. The information is of critical importance to correct naming and identification of specimens. The type specimens represent the original concept of new species, exemplified by the specimens and illustrations used when assigning binomial scientific names, the foundation stones of taxonomy. The collections are constantly referred to by researchers throughout the world and many specimens have been cited and/or illustrated in taxonomic papers.


ROAR ID: 1288
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Repository Type: Database/A&I Index
Organisation: The Linnean Society of London
Software: EPrints (version 3.3.10)
Country: Europe > United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Birth Date1: 10 August 2007 23:27:09 UTC
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Record Creator: Tim Brody
1Birth Date is either when the repository was first registered in ROAR or the earliest record found via the OAI-PMH interface.
2Deposit activity measures the number of days in the last year that had "low" (1-9), "medium" (10-99) or "high" (100+) numbers of records deposited.

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