Common vampire bat, 19th century

Common vampire bat, 19th century

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Common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus), 19th-century illustration. This bat feeds on the blood of mammals. This specimen, here classified as Desmodus d'orbignyi (named for French naturalist Alcide d'Orbigny), was observed by Darwin in 1835 while near Coquimbo, Chile. This illustration is Plate 1 from the 1839 volume on mammals ('Part II: Mammalia') that forms part of the multi-volume work 'The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle'. This work described the animals collected and observed by the British naturalist Charles Darwin during the survey voyage of HMS Beagle during the years 1832 to 1836. This expedition established Darwin's reputation as a naturalist. Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle' was edited by Darwin and published between 1838 and 1843. The volume on mammals was written by British naturalist George Robert Waterhouse.

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