Waterhouse's swamp rat, 19th century

Waterhouse's swamp rat, 19th century

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Credit: Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Waterhouse's swamp rat (Scapteromys tumidus), 19th-century illustration. Here classified as Mus tumidus, this rodent is found in southern Brazil, Uruguay and northern Argentina. This illustration is Plate 18 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. 'The 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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