Thomas Hildenhagen
Zur Geschichte und Etymologie
des Gattungsnamens Brookesia Gray, 1865
Sekretär, 7 (2): 9-15, 2007
Zusammenfassung

Die Bedeutung des Namens der madegassischen Erdchamäleongattung Brookesia Gray, 1865 (Chamaeleonidae) ist eng mit dem britischen Anatomen und Biologen Joshua Brookes (1761 - 1833) und seinem Brookesian Museum verknüpft. Die Entstehungsgeschichte reicht vom Jahr 1820 bis zur eigentlichen Erstbeschreibung 1865 durch den britischen
Herpetologen John Edward Gray (1800 - 1875). Neben der Namensbildung wird auch ein kleiner biographischer Überblick der beiden britischen Wissenschaftler gegeben. Eine Widmung des Namens Brookesia an den britischen Forschungsreisenden und späteren Raja von Sarawak (Borneo) Sir James Brooke (1803 - 1868), der der Namenspatron des Geckos Hemidactylus brookii Gray 1845 ist, konnte nicht bestätigt werden.

Exemplar tipo do género Brookesia (Chamaeleo) superciliaris, de Madagáscar. Foto: P. Schönecker.

O género Brookesia foi dedicado por Gray ao biólogo Joshua Brookes, e não a Sir James Brooke, Rajá de Saravak (Bornéo). A este dedicou Gray a espécie Hemidactylus brooki.

Summary

The meaning of the name of the Malagasy Pygmy Chameleon genus Brookesia Gray, 1865 (Chamaeleonidae) is closely tied to the British anatomist and biologist Joshua Brookes (1761 - 1833) and his Brookesian Museum. The origin of the history lasts from 1820 until the actual description in 1865 by the British Herpetologist John Edward Gray (1800 - 1875). Next to the make up of the name a small biographical survey of both British scientists is given.

A dedication of the name Brookesia to the British explorer and later Raja of Sarawak (Borneo) Sir James Brooke (1803 - 1868) after whom the gekko Hemidactylus brookii Gray 1845 is named, is not confirmed.

Thomas Hildenhagen is a 41 year old chameleon breeder from Germany. He has been keeping and breeding various reptile and amphibian species for over 25 years and chameleons for more then 15 years. His current focus is on the stump-tailed chameleons and other true chameleons from Tanzania. He is a member of the Chameleon Working Group board (AG Chamäleons) within the DGHT (German Society for Herpetology and Herpetoculture, presented by the newsletter CHAMAELEO) and the community of interests of chameleons (IG-Chamaeleons).
He can be emailed at thomas.hildenhagen@chamaeleons.org
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