LinnaeusA Latinised version of the name of the great Swedish naturalist Carl von Linné, who invented the system of binomial nomenclature, as used in his book 'Historia Naturae', published in 1758. His system is still in use, although developments in taxonomy have led to many changes in the actual names used. The abbreviation 'Linn.' or 'L.', which is often to be found after the scientific name of a species, indicates that Linnaeus was the first author to describe and name the species.
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