Franz Werner

Franz Josef Maria Werner (15 August 1867 in Vienna – 28 February 1939 in Vienna) was an Austrian zoologist and explorer. Specializing as a herpetologist and entomologist, Werner described numerous species and other taxa of frogs, snakes, insects, and other organisms.

Franz Werner
Franz Werner.
Franz Werner.
Born( 1867-08-15)15 August 1867
Died28 February 1939(1939-02-28) (aged 71)
Known for
Scientific career
  • Biology
  • Zoology
InstitutionsVienna Natural History Museum
Author abbrev. (zoology)Werner

His father introduced him at age 6 to reptiles and amphibians. A brilliant student, he corresponded often with George Albert Boulenger (1858–1937) and Oskar Boettger (1844–1910) who encouraged his studies with these animals. Werner obtained his doctorate in Vienna in 1890 and then after spending a year in Leipzig, began to teach at the Vienna Institute of Zoology. In 1919, he became tenured as a professor, maintaining this title until his retirement in 1933.

Although working close to the Vienna Natural History Museum, he could not use their herpetological collections, after the death of its director, Franz Steindachner (1834–1919), who did not like Werner, and had barred him from accessing the collections.

Werner succeeded in constituting an immense personal collection, and published more than 550 publications principally on herpetology. He named many new species of reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods, of which he specialized in orthopterans and scorpions.

He published in 1931, Dritte Klasse der Craniota: dritte und zugleich letzte Klasse der Ichthyopsida: Amphibia, Lurche: allgemeine Einleitung in said Naturgeschichte der Amphibia. His book, Amphibien und Reptilien (1910), contributed to the popularization of terraphilia, or raising pet reptiles and amphibians in terraria.

Nota bene: Franz Werner should not be confused with Israeli herpetologist Yehudah L. Werner (born 1931).

List of taxa described by Franz WernerEdit

higher order taxaEdit




Frogs and ToadsEdit




Taxa named in honor of Franz WernerEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i 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. ("Werner, F.", p. 282).

Further readingEdit

  • Adler, Kraig (1989). Contributions to the History of Herpetology. [Volume 1]. St. Louis, Missouri: Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR). 202 pp. ISBN 0916984192.

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