Alexander Strauch

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Alexander Strauch (born 1 March 1832 in Saint Petersburg – died 14 August 1893 in Wiesbaden, Germany) was a Russian naturalist, most notably a herpetologist.

Alexander Strauch.

In 1861 he started work as a curator of the zoological museum at the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. From 1879 to 1890 he was director of the museum. He is credited with establishing St. Petersburg as a major world center in regard to herpetology.[1]

Taxa named after StrauchEdit

Taxa with the specific epithet of strauchi or strauchii commemorate his name, five examples being:[2]

Nota bene: A Taxon author in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a different genus.

His zoologist author abbreviation is Strauch.

Selected worksEdit

  • Die Vertheilung der Schildkröten über den Erdball : ein zoogeographischer Versuch, 1865 – The distribution of turtles across the globe, etc.
  • Synopsis der Viperiden : nebst Bemerkungen über die geographische Verbreitung dieser Giftschlangen-Familie, 1869 – Synopsis of Viperidae.[5]
  • Revision der Salamandriden-Gattungen nebst Beschreibung einiger neuen oder weniger bekannten Arten dieser Familie, 1870 – Revision of Salamandridae genera along with descriptions of some new or lesser known species within the family.[6]


  1. ^ "History". Department of Herpetology of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2014-11-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Strauch", p. 256).
  3. ^ The Reptile Database Ctenotus strauchii
  4. ^ The Reptile Database Gloydius strauchi
  5. ^ Biodiversity Heritage Library published works
  6. ^ Hathitrust Revision der Salamandriden-Gattungen, etc.

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