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Revista chilena de historia natural

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JAKSIC, FABIAN M  and  CASTRO, SERGIO A. Ecology and biodiversity of vertebrates in Chile: A commented analysis of the Zoology of Claude Gay. Rev. chil. hist. nat. [online]. 2010, vol.83, n.3, pp.323-333. ISSN 0716-078X.

By reviewing the zoological section of the Historia Física y Política de Chile written by Claude Gay, we analyze his contributions to the understanding of the Chilean vertebrates, which included 483 species: 68 mammals, 259 birds, 31 reptiles, 16 amphibians, and 109 fishes. Gay documented 50 species as new taxa to science, but subsequent taxonomic analyses sinonimized 58 % of those species; thus currently only 21 species are recognized as valid. This means that 1.1 % of the Chilean vertebrates currently recognized were described in this monumental publication.

Keywords : history of science; naturalist.

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