[Taxacom] prolific species describers

Ohl, Michael Michael.Ohl at mfn-berlin.de
Sat Apr 13 11:21:01 CDT 2013

Hi Ken,

I agree! Thanks for suggesting Oldfield Thomas for mammals.

So non-entomologists, please post numbers for any group, which are extraordinary in any taxon framework, even if much smaller than in entomology.

Cheers, Michael

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Am 13.04.2013 um 18:07 schrieb "Ken Kinman" <kinman at hotmail.com<mailto:kinman at hotmail.com>>:

Hi Michael,

        I don't think any vertebrate zoologists could compete with the entomologists for such numbers.  I remembered that Oldfield Thomas of the British Museum named large numbers of mammals, and I see that his biography on Wikipedia says that he named 2,000 species and subspecies.  I don't know if that number includes only recognized species and subspecies (many of his names are now merely synonyms of recognized species and subspecies).



> From: Michael.Ohl at mfn-berlin.de<mailto:Michael.Ohl at mfn-berlin.de>
> To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu<mailto:taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
> Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:53:02 +0000
> Subject: [Taxacom] prolific species describers
> Hi,
> I had expected that this request has already been posted in Taxacom, but my (very) quick search in the Taxacom archive resulted in nothing. So here it is (again?).
> I am trying to set up a list of the most prolific species describers in zoology. A few names immediately came to my mind, like Charles Paul Alexander with more than 11,000 names in Diptera, and Johann Christian Fabricius with more than 10,000 names across several insect orders. But there might be more!
> So please post your bid for higher or similar numbers! I will distribute a top-10-list at the end.
> Although I am basically interested in the total number of names published by a single person, any further statistics are welcome, if available. Number of names still valid today, total number of genus- vs. species-group names ....
> Cheers, Michael Ohl
> Museum fuer Naturkunde, Berlin
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