Harold Cogger

Harold George "Hal" Cogger (born 4 May 1935) is an Australian herpetologist. He was curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Australian Museum from 1960 to 1975, and Deputy Director of the museum from 1976 to 1995. He has written extensively on Australian herpetology, and was the first author to create a field guide for all Australian frogs and reptiles.

Cogger was made an honorary Doctor of Science in 1997.[1] At least eight reptile taxa have been named after Cogger, including one genus, six species, and one subspecies: Coggeria, Ctenotus coggeri, Emoia coggeri, Geomyersi coggeri, Hydrophis coggeri, Lampropholis coggeri, Oedura coggeri, and Diporiphora nobbi coggeri.[2][3]


  1. ^ Anderson, D.J. (2002). "Harold George Cogger AM". Advisory Honorary Awards. The University of Sydney. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Search results - Cogger". Australian Reptile Online Database. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ 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. ("Cogger", p. 56).

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Further readingEdit

  • Cogger, Harold G. (1983). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Revised Edition. Sydney: AH & AW Reed. 606 pp. ISBN 0-589-50356-1 [1979 and subsequent editions].
  • Cogger, Harold G. (2014). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Seventh Edition. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN 9780643100350.