The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals

The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals

Bo Beolens

Language: English

Pages: 592

ISBN: 0801893046

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Just who was the Przewalski after whom Przewalski's horse was named? Or Husson, the eponym for the rat Hydromys hussoni? Or the Geoffroy whose name is forever linked to Geoffroy's cat? This unique reference provides a brief look at the real lives behind the scientific and vernacular mammal names one encounters in field guides, textbooks, journal articles, and other scholarly works.

Arranged to mirror standard dictionaries, the more than 1,300 entries included here explain the origins of over 2,000 mammal species names. Each bio-sketch lists the scientific and common-language names of all species named after the person, outlines the individual's major contributions to mammalogy and other branches of zoology, and includes brief information about his or her mammalian namesake's distribution. The two appendixes list scientific and common names for ease of reference, and, where appropriate, individual entries include mammals commonly―but mistakenly―believed to be named after people.

The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals is a highly readable and informative guide to the people whose names are immortalized in mammal nomenclature.



















Portugal, which is now named in his honor. He became known as the father of Angolan ornithology and wrote Ornithologie d’Angola. He also collected sponges and other specimens. He is commemorated in the common names of six birds, including Bocage’s Sunbird Nectarinia bocagii and Bocage’s [Golden] Weaver Ploceus temporalis. The bat is found from Senegal to Yemen and south to Angola, Zambia, and Transvaal (South Africa). The squirrel comes from northeast Angola and southern DRC (Zaire). The gerbil

animal collector who, with his wife Emy, collected for zoos and museums during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He is most famous for trying to track down the “Kakundakari” in the Congo; this is Africa’s equivalent of the Yeti. Once, said Cordier, a Kakundakari had become entangled in one of his bird snares: “It fell on its face, turned over, sat up, took the noose off its feet, and walked away before the nearby African could do anything.” Zoologists have yet to see a specimen of Kakundakari. He

Diard’s Cat is regarded as archaic, with the taxon long being regarded as a subspecies of the Clouded Leopard Neofelis nebulosa. However, in 2006 an article in the journal Current Biology argued that differences between the typical (mainland) form of Clouded Leopard and the Indonesian form were great enough for Neofelis diardi to be re-recognized as a full species. It is found on Sumatra and Borneo. Diaz Volcano Rabbit Romerolagus diazi FerrariPérez, 1893 Augustin Diaz (1829–1893) was Director

Carleton, 1994 Sir John Reeves Ellerman (1910–1973) was a wealthy recluse. He was described in 1948 as one of England’s richest men, having inherited a shipping fortune, at the time estimated to be £37 million, which he then wisely invested. 124 He was also obsessed with privacy, being photographed only three times in 30 years. Despite his wealth, his real interest was the world of rodents, and he devoted his life to their study. He wrote The Families and Genera of Living Rodents, begun in 1930

of these under entries for Ajax, Dussumier, Hector, and Priam. Erlanger Erlanger’s Dik-dik Madoqua saltiana erlangeri Neumann, 1905 [Alt. Salt’s Dik-dik] Erlanger’s Gazelle Gazella gazella erlangeri Neumann, 1906 Baron Carlo von Erlanger (1872–1904) was a German collector from Ingelheim, in the Rhineland. He traveled in the Tunisian Sahara in 1893 and 1897 and wrote two trip reports. He visited Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and Somaliland in 1900–1901, accompanied for part of the time by the

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