Who has most speciesp named af­ter them?

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Q&A - SB

AThe like­li­est can­di­dates for this hon­our are the in­trepid nat­u­ral­ists of old who col­lected spec­i­mens on their trav­els and were re­warded for their ef­forts by who­ever de­scribed them. A pre­cise an­swer is tricky, though, since there is no de­fin­i­tive cat­a­logue of all the species named to date. The best we can go on is the data­base of spec­i­mens at the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, which has been trawled by bee­tle ex­pert Max Bar­clay. Prus­sian ex­plorer Alexan­der von Hum­boldt of pen­guin ( right) fame scores 139, but is pipped by Cap­tain James Cook’s botanist Joseph Banks (156), Charles Dar­win (285) and Al­fred Rus­sel Wal­lace (390). Top of the list is Henry Bates, fa­mous for his work on mimicry, though his 510 may in­clude species named af­ter his brother Fred­er­ick.

Hum­boldt: pen­guins and squid.

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