CAROLI LINNAEUS  
              

                         Carl Linnaeus is known as the father of modern taxonomy. During his career as botanist, physician and zoologist, he
                         published the works that would lay the foundations for the modern system of binomial nomenclature.  

                         The first edition of his famous Systema Naturae was a small, twelve-page pamphlet printed in 1735. Subsequent editions
                         expanded in scope and size.  In its tenth edition, published in 1758, Linnaeus classified thousands of species of animals
                         and plants. The cumbersome and mostly trinomial names used at the time were replaced with more concise binomials,
                         which consisted of a generic name and a specific name (genus and species).

                         Many naturalists during Leach’s time were strict followers of Linnaean methods. Elford however disliked Linnaeus’s
                         ‘artificial’ groupings of animals and preferred to reorganize them along ‘natural’ lines.  He even once described Linnaeus
                         as ‘the immortal author of the misnamed Systema Naturae.” 1

                         The Elfortania drawing is taken from the frontispiece of the tenth edition of Carl Linnaeus’s Systema Naturae. In this
                         frontispiece, the author’s name is spelled as Caroli Linnæi. Perhaps Elford Leach did take into consideration the unpleasant
                         parasitic nature of the isopods he named and used an anagram based on Linnaeus, to show his disapproval.  The æ ligature
                         common in Linnaeus’s name also adds to this interesting idea – as Leach’s anagrams utilize both an ‘a’ and an ‘e’
                         (Caroline/Carolina).


                                 1 Harrison. p. 126