C1861

The Ursine Dasyure, or Tasmanian Devil (Dasyurus Ursinus).

Scarce image of the Tasmanian Devil of which there are very few colonial images. Modern binomial name: Sarcophilus harrisii First described: Boitard, 1841 Distribution: TAS The naturalist, George Harris  believing the Tasmanian Devil to be a type of opossum, wrote … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Ursine Dasyure, or Tasmanian Devil (Dasyurus Ursinus).

Date:

C1861

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

155mm 
x 130mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Ursine Dasyure, or Tasmanian Devil (Dasyurus Ursinus). - Antique Print from 1861

Genuine antique
dated:

1861

Description:

Scarce image of the Tasmanian Devil of which there are very few colonial images.
Modern binomial name: Sarcophilus harrisii
First described: Boitard, 1841
Distribution: TAS
The naturalist, George Harris  believing the Tasmanian Devil to be a type of opossum, wrote the first published description in 1807, naming it Didelphis ursina, due to its bearlike characteristics such as the round ear. He had earlier made a presentation at the Zoological Society of London. However, that particular binomial name had been given to the common wombat (later reclassified as Vombatus ursinus) by George Shaw in 1800, and was hence unavailable. In 1838, a specimen was named Dasyurus laniarius by Richard Owen, but by 1877 he had relegated it to Sarcophilus. The modern Tasmanian devil was named Sarcophilus harrisii (“Harris’s flesh-lover”) by French naturalist Pierre Boitard in 1841.
From the original edition of the Illustrated London News.

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