Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)
In your review of my book on the 'Geographical Distribution of Animals' (Athenœum, August 26), the figure supposed to be given of the Cape ant-eater is mentioned as a case of "inaccurate portraiture." Allow me to point out that the species figured is not the Cape ant-eater, but the much less-known Ethiopian ant-eater, as stated on the page facing the illustration. The original figure, taken from a living animal, is to be found in 'List of Vertebrated Animals now or lately Living in the Gardens of the Zoological Society of London' (1872), where its differences from the Cape ant-eater, figured on the opposite page, may be seen.
Alfred R. Wallace.