[Taxacom] prolific species describers

Michael Schmitt michael.schmitt at uni-greifswald.de
Sun Apr 14 07:40:29 CDT 2013

Dear Michael & dear colleagues,

a beetle taxonomist who comes immediately to my mind in this respect is
Maurice Pic (23-03.866 - 29.12.1957). He has described more than 20.000
species (Constantin, R. 1992. Memorial das Coléopéristes Français. Bulletin
de liason de l'Association des Coléoptéristes de la Region Parisienne.
Supplement au no. 14. p. 73).

Best regards
Theo Michael Schmitt

Prof.Dr. Michael Schmitt
Allgemeine & Systematische Zoologie
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D-17489 Greifswald

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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

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