Reference : The Castelnau's fish collection and watercolour notebooks
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The Castelnau's fish collection and watercolour notebooks
[fr] Les carnets d'aquarelles et la collection de poissons de Castelnau
Loneux, Michèle [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de la vie > Musée de Zoologie > >]
Proceedings of the 3rd GBIF Science Symposium - Tropical Biodiversity: Science, Data, Conservation
Segers, Hendrik
Desmet, P.
Baus, Erika
3rd GBIF Science Symposium, Brussels 18-19 April 2005 - Tropical Biodiversity: Science, Data, Conservation
du 18 au 19 Avril 2005
Belgian Biodiversity Platform & Belgian Science Policy
[en] Castelnau's expedition ; watercolour notebooks ; Chrysophrys nasutus ; fish ; type-specimens
[en] In 1865, Jean-Theodore Lacordaire (professor of natural sciences at the University of Liège)
purchased more than thousand specimens collected by the famous explorer ‘Comte de
Castelnau’. Castelnau (London 1812 – Melbourne 1880) travelled around the world being
both explorer and diplomat. His most famous trip was the crossing of South America from
Mato Gross to Peru, coming back by the Amazon. He discovered and described several
species. The specimens collected by Castelnau present at the Museum of Zoology include
mainly birds and fishes. One of the fish specimens is labelled as Chrysophrys nasutus type
and is probably the (holo)type specimen for Cymatoceps nasutus. The fish specimens were
accompanied by five original watercolour notebooks, showing coloured fish-drawings made
by the collector at the catch moment. Despite the fact that some of the paintings were used in the past to restore the colours of the naturalised fishes, further research on the relations
between the collection and the notebooks should be made.

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