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PARRA, Antonio de la (par'-rah), Portuguese naturalist, born in Lisbon about the middle of the 18th century; died early in the 19th. In 1781 he went to Cuba, commissioned by the Spanish government to collect objects for the Museum of natural history of Madrid. He published a notable work on Cuban ichthyology with the title "Peces y crustaceos de la isla de Cuba" (Havana, 1787). This work, the first ever written and published in Cuba upon this branch of natural history, and now very rare, has been translated into French.
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