Pieter Boddaert

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Pieter Boddaert
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Born 1730
Middelburg, Zeeland, Netherlands
Died 6 May 1795
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
Citizenship Netherlands
Alma mater Utrecht University
Known for Physician, Natural history

Pieter Boddaert (1730 or 1733, Middelburg – 6 May 1795, Utrecht)[1] was a Dutch physician and naturalist.

Boddaert was the son of a Middelburg jurist and poet by the same name (1694–1760). The younger Pieter obtained his M.D. at the University of Utrecht in 1764 and there became a lecturer on natural history. Fourteen letters survive of his correspondence with Carl Linnaeus between 1768 and 1775.[2] He was a friend of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of "curiosities" of natural history he described.

In 1783 he published fifty copies of an identification key of Edmé-Louis Daubenton's Planches enluminées, the colored plates of illustrations for the comte de Buffon's monumental Histoire Naturelle (published 1749–1789), assigning binomial scientific names to the plates.[3][4][5] As many of these were the first Linnaean scientific names to be proposed, they remain in use. In 2017 the world list of birds maintained by Frank Gill and David Donsker on behalf of the International Ornithologists' Union included 190 taxa for which Boddaert is cited as the authority. Of these 112 are treated as species and 78 as subspecies. One species, the hoopoe starling, is now extinct.[6]

In 1784 he published Elenchus Animalium, a "directory of animals" that included the first binomial names for a number of mammals, including the Quagga and the Tarpan.[7]

Boddaert is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of South American snake, Mastigodryas boddaerti.[8]


  1. ^ Masi, Alberto. "Neornithes: nomina avium - Author A-C". Scricciolo.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  2. ^ "The Linnaean Correspondence - Biography". Linnaeus.c18.net. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ Newton, Alfred (1893–1896). A Dictionary of Birds. London: Adam and Charles Black. p. 13 Note 2. 
  4. ^ Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc de; Martinet, François-Nicolas; Daubenton, Edme-Louis; Daubenton, Louis-Jean-Marie (1765–1783). Planches Enluminées D'Histoire Naturelle (10 volumes). Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.51460. 
  5. ^ Boddaert, Pieter (1783). Table des planches enluminéez d'histoire naturelle de M. D'Aubenton : avec les denominations de M.M. de Buffon, Brisson, Edwards, Linnaeus et Latham, precedé d'une notice des principaux ouvrages zoologiques enluminés (in French). Utrecht. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.39835. 
  6. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2016). "World Bird List Version 6.4". International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 
  7. ^ Boddaert, Pieter (1784). Elenchus animalium (in Latin). Rotterdam: C.R. Hake. doi:10.5962/bhl.title.40283. 
  8. ^ 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. ("Boddaert", p. 29).
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