List of species described by the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Lewis and Clark expedition encountered 174 plants and 134 species and subspecies of animals new to science[citation needed]. Lewis lost the notes about the specimens but analyses and detailed scientific descriptions of the specimens were performed by others. Lewis hired Frederick Pursh in Rhode Island to review the plant collection and describe and publish the results, which Pursh did in 1828. Lewis described and published none of the plants he collected in the Western Americo.



Greater sage grouse



Blue catfish





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  • V. C. Holmgren (1984). "Birds of the Lewis and Clark journals". We Proceeded On. Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation. 10 (2–3): 17–22.
  • The Journey - Science." U.S. National Park Service - Experience Your America. <>.

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