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The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles

by Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, Michael Grayson

The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles
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Who was Richard Kemp, after whom the Kemp's ridley sea turtle is named? Is Wake's Gecko named after Berleley's Marvalee Wake? or perhaps her husband David? Why do so many snakes and lizards have Werner in there name?

This reference book answers these and thousands of other questions about the origins of the vernacular and scientific names of reptiles across the globe. From Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti, the Florida cottonmouth subspecies named for Roger Connant, to Xantusia, the night lizard genera namesake of John Xantus, this dictionary covers everyone after whom an extant or recently extinct reptile has been named.

Entries include a brief bio-sketch, a list of the reptiles that bear the individual's name, the names of reptiles erroneously thought to be associated with the person, and a summary of contributions made by the person to Herpetology and zoology.

 

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