[Taxacom] prolific species describers

Pat LaFollette pat at lafollette.com
Sat Apr 13 14:03:21 CDT 2013

The most prolific authors of molluscan names seem to be Henry 
Augustus Pilsbry with 5,680 names, and close runner-up, William 
Healey Dall, with 5,302 (plus 125 non-molluscan taxa). These counts 
include genus group names. Statistics from Boss, K. J., J. P. 
Rosewater, and F. A. Ruhoff, 1968 "The zoological taxa of William 
Healey Dall." Bull USNM 287: 4. 


At 06:53 AM 4/13/2013, Ohl, Michael wrote:
>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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Patrick I LaFollette
Research Associate in Malacology
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
pat at lafollette.com 

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