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The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles

Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson

Publication Year: 2011

Who was Richard Kemp, after whom the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is named? Is Wake’s Gecko named after Berkeley’s Marvalee Wake? Or perhaps her husband, David? Why do so many snakes and lizards have Werner in their 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 copperhead subspecies named for Roger Conant, 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. The 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 major—and sometimes obscure or even incidental—contributions made by the person to herpetology and zoology. An introductory chapter explains how to use the book and describes the process of naming taxa. Easy to use and filled with addictive—and highly useful—information about the people whose names will be carried into the future on the backs of the world’s reptiles, The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles is a handy and fun book for professional and amateur herpetologists alike.

Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

Two of us, Bo Beolens and Mike Watkins, wrote Whose Bird?, published in 2003. A review of it was written by Nicholas Gould for International Zoo News. Gould suggested that there could be a need for similar volumes on other animal orders, and among them he suggested ...

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xiii

Vernacular names of animals often contain a person’s name (such names are called “eponyms”). We have all heard of Russell’s Viper, but how familiar is Uzzell’s Lizard? So this book is for both the amateur herpetologist and the student of zoology. ...

The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles

H

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pp. 113-128

I

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pp. 129-131

J

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pp. 132-137

K

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pp. 138-148

L

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pp. 149-163

M

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pp. 164-186

N

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pp. 187-192

O

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pp. 193-198

P

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pp. 199-213

Q

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p. 214-214

R

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pp. 215-230

S

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pp. 231-259

T

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pp. 260-269

U

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p. 270-270

V

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pp. 271-277

W

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pp. 278-290

X

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p. 291-291

Y

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p. 292-292

Z

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pp. 293-294

Bibliography

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pp. 295-296


E-ISBN-13: 9781421402277
E-ISBN-10: 1421402270
Print-ISBN-13: 9781421401355
Print-ISBN-10: 1421401355

Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2011