image catesbyrs vol268
Image number: RS.18812
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Six-lined racerunner

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > lizard

Description

Zoological study of a six-lined racerunner, Aspidoscelis sexlineatus, referred to here as Lacertus griseus, shown alongside a nocturnal epidendrum Epidendrum nocturnum specimen. The six-lined racerunner is native to the United States and Mexico; nocturnal epidendrum occurs in Florida, Bahamas, West Indies, Central America to northern Brazil.

Signed and inscribed: ‘Lacertus Viscum’

Plate 68 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas