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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-587

To G. R. Gray  [February 1841]

[12 Upper Gower Street]

Sunday

My dear Sir

In the two last proofs, you have called one ground-woodpecker Chrysoptilus campestris & the second you left “Colaptes Chilensis Vigors”.— I have altered this to “Chrysoptilus Chilensis G. R. Gray”—1 Is this right.?— You need not look at any other part of this Revise.— Will you 〈plea〉se leave these sheets, as you 〈retu〉rn home.—

Yours most truly | C. Darwin

Footnotes

1
‘Colaptes Chilensis Vigors’ was retained (Birds, p. 114). CD’s note reads: ‘It is closely related in habits and structure to the foregoing species [Chrysoptilus campestris], and appears to be its representative on the western side of the Cordillera; hence I cannot but think the institution of the above two genera unfortunate.’

Summary

In a revise [of Birds] CD has altered "Colaptes Chilensis Vigors" to "Chrysoptilus Chilensis G. R. Gray". Is that right?

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-587
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Gray, G. R.
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
British Library (Egerton 2348: 239)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 587,” accessed on 26 August 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-587

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