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Darwin Correspondence Project

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

‘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
Charles Robert Darwin
To
George Robert Gray
Sent from
London, Upper Gower St, 12
Source of text
The British Library (Egerton MS 2348: 239)
Physical description
1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 587,” accessed on 28 January 2022, https://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/letter/?docId=letters/DCP-LETT-587.xml

Also published in The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, vol. 2

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