Jeanette Covacevich

Jeanette Adelaide Covacevich (1945–2015) was a herpetologist in Queensland, Australia. As a senior curator of vertebrates at the Queensland Museum, she discovered and studied many reptiles and frogs in Queensland. [1] Covacevich is most famous for describing the Inland Taipan snake (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), the world's most venomous land snake.[2] In addition, she described over thirty new species and genera including the Cape York striped blind snake (otherwise known as Ramphotyphlops chamodracaena), the Nangura spinosa (Nangur spiny skink), and the Phyllurus caudiannulatus (Bulburin leaf-tailed gecko).[citation needed]

On 12 June 1995 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to science, in particular for herpetology and conservation.[3]

Covacevich is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of earthworm, Terriswalkerius covacevichae; the Australian spiders, Zophorame covacevichae and Kababina covacevichae; the Australian frog, Pseudophryne covacevichae; Australian geckos, Oedura jacovae and Amalosia jacovae[4] (J. A. Cov. + Latin suffix -ae).


  1. ^ Cohn, Helen (5 December 2016). "Covacevich, Jeanette Adelaide (1945 - 2015)". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ Covacevich, J., McDowell, S.B., Tanner, C. & Mengdon, G. (Aust. Herp. Symposium, 1980). The relationship of the taipan (Oxyuranus scutellatus) and the small-scaled snake (O. microlepidotus), Serpentes: Elapidae (page 32). Retrieved 15 November 2013
  3. ^ "SEARCH AUSTRALIAN HONOURS: Jeanette Covacevich". It's an honour. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. ^ 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. ("Covacevich", p. 60).