The West Indian Fauna in South Florida


DR. C. H. MERRIAM has lately published a paper on “The Geographical Distribution of Life in North America” (Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash., April, 1892), which should attract attention on account of the important problems discussed, and the interesting and somewhat novel views advanced. On pp. 49–55 there is a review of the faunal relations of Southern Florida, in which Dr. A. R. Wallace is severely criticized for having stated that Florida is, from a biological point of view, essentially North American, and totally distinct in character from Cuba and the Bahamas, from which it is separated by only a narrow strait. The phrase specially attacked is out of “Island Life,” as follows: “Between frigid Canada and subtropical Florida there are less marked differences in the animal productions than between Florida and Cuba.”1

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COCKERELL, T. The West Indian Fauna in South Florida. Nature 46, 458–459 (1892) doi:10.1038/046458a0

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