Laurence Markham Huey

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Laurence Markham Huey (1892–1963) was an American zoologist. His main research field was the study of mammals and birds of California and Baja California. He also did field work on mammals and birds in Utah and Arizona, in particular at the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Career[edit]

Huey was born on 6 September 1892 in Tijuana River Valley, San Diego, California. He left the school beyond the 8th grade and begun a self-education. At the age of 15 he worked in a planing mill. During that time he carried out his already developed interest in natural history.

During a trip to Coronado Island in 1913 he met Donald Ryder Dickey with whom he worked for the next ten years. In 1923 he became curator of mammals and birds at the San Diego Natural History Museum until he retired in 1961. From January 1946 to February 1947 he served as acting director of the museum.

Huey published over 200 articles, several of them in the ornithological journals The Auk and The Condor as well as in the Journal of Mammalogy, and the Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History. He described mammal species and subspecies from several families, including Dipodomys gravipes,[1] Peromyscus crinitus pallidissimus,[2] Perognathus alticolus inexpectatus,[3] Dipodomys panamintinus argusensis,[4] Perognathus longimembris internationalis, and Sylvilagus bachmani howelli. He also described some bird taxa, including Nyctanassa violacea bancrofti,[5] Cardinalis cardinalis seftoni,[6] Egretta tricolor occidentalis,[7] and Megascops kennicottii cardonensis. Overall he is named as author or co-author of 84 species and subspecies.

He died in San Diego, California on 11 June 1963.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, L M (1925). "Two new kangaroo rats of the genus Dipodomys from Lower California". Proceedings of The Biological Society of Washington 38: 83–84. 
  2. ^ "A new subspecies of Peromyscus from the Gulf Coast of Lower California, Mexico". Transactions of The San Diego Society For Natural History 6: 389–390. 1931. 
  3. ^ Huey, L M (1926). "A new Perognathus from the vicinity of Mount Pinos, Kern County, California". Proceedings of The Biological Society of Washington 39: 121–122. 
  4. ^ Huey, L.M. (1945). "A new race of kangaroo rat from the Argus Mountains, California". Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History, 10:131-132.
  5. ^ Huey, L M (1927). "A Pacific Coast Race of the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron". Condor 29 (3): 167–168. 
  6. ^ "A new Cardinal from central Lower California, Mexico". Transactions of The San Diego Society For Natural History 9: 215–218. 1940. 
  7. ^ "A new Louisiana Heron and a new Round-tailed Ground Squirrel from Lower California, Mexico". Transactions of the San Diego Society for Natural History 5: 83–86. 1927. 

References[edit]

  • H. Howard: Obituaries - Laurence Markham Huey In: The Auk Volume 82(2), 1965, p 323
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: History of the Museum: Laurence Markham Huey (1892 - 1963) Online