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Peter Ascanius (24 May 1723 – 4 June 1803) was a Norwegian biologist.[1]

Peter Ascanius
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Born(1723-05-24)24 May 1723
Aure, Møre og Romsdal, Norway.
Died4 June 1803(1803-06-04) (aged 80)
Scientific career
Academic advisorsLinnaeus

He was born at Aure in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. He was a student of Linnaeus. He taught zoology and mineralogy in Copenhagen from 1759 to 1771, and later worked as a supervisor at the mines in Kongsberg and elsewhere in Norway. Among his published works was the five-volume illustrated Icones rerum naturalium. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society, elected in 1755 as a Foreign Member.[2][3]

Ascanius first described the giant oarfish in 1772.[4]


  1. ^ "Peder Ascanius (1723-1803)" (PDF). Naturhistorisk Museum, UiO. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "Fellow details". Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  3. ^ Rune S. Selbekk. "Peder Ascanius". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Legendary Giant Oarfish that grows up to 50ft long and lives nearly a MILE undersea recorded in its natural environment for first time". Mail Online (Daily Mail). United Kingdom. June 8, 2013. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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