Charles Jean-Baptiste Amyot

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Charles Jean-Baptiste Amyot (23 September 1799, in Vendreeuv – 13 October 1866, in Paris) was a French lawyer and entomologist especially interested in the Hemiptera.

After his father died, Amyot lived with a neighbor, a wealthy merchant, who was also an entomologist, Jean Guillaume Audinet-Serville. They become life-long friends, and Audinet-Serville advised Amyot to specialize in the Hemiptera, which at the time was being ignored by serious entomologists.

In 1822, Amyot became a lawyer, but he continued to study the Hemiptera. In 1833, he published a work on civil law, Institutes, ou Principes des lois civiles (Institutes, or the principles of civil law).[1] In 1843, together with Audinet-Serville, he published Histoire naturelle des insectes hémiptères (The Natural History of the Hemiptera Insects). Amyot was also interested in applied entomology and wrote several publications devoted to insect pests and how to fight them.

Amyot later became the president of the Entomological Society of France (Société entomologique de France), where he argued for his monomial nomenclature (see binomial nomenclature) for classification purposes, to the point where his fellow members withheld the honorary membership usually awarded to past presidents.


  • Entomologie Francaise. Rhynchotes. Méthode mononymique, in Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (2): 1845, T.3: 369-492; 1846, T.4: 73-192; 359-452; 1847, T.5:143-238; 453-524 (1845-1847).
  • Entomologie Francaise. Rhynchotes. Méthode mononymique. Paris, J.-B. Baillière, Libraire de l'Acad. Roy. Méd.: 1-504, 5 pl.(1848).
  • with Audinet-Serville.Histoire naturelle des insectes Hémiptères. Paris, Libraire Encyclopédique de Roret: 1-675 (1843) BDHL Scan [1].



  1. ^ Institutes, ou Principes des lois civiles full text from Google Books
  2. ^ Dallas, William S. (1851). List of the specimens of hemipterous insects in the collection of the British Museum (Natural History). 1. p. 278.
  3. ^ "The Code Online". International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature.


  • Lhoste, Jean (1987) Les Entomologistes Francais 1750 - 1950'' (The French entomologists from 1750 to 1950). INRA, OPIE (Entomology): 115 [A1036].

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