Louis Isidore Duperrey (1786–1865) was a French sailor and explorer.
Duperrey joined the navy in 1802, and served as marine hydrologist to
Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet aboard the Uranie (1817–1820). He commanded on its circumnavigation of the earth (1822–1825) with La Coquille Jules Dumont d'Urville as second. René-Primevère Lesson also travelled on La Coquille as a naval doctor and naturalist. On the return to France in March 1825, Lesson and Dumont brought back to France an imposing collection of animals and plants collected on the Falkland Islands, on the coasts of Chile and Peru, in the archipelagos of the Pacific and New Zealand, New Guinea and Australia.
During the voyage the ship spend two weeks in the
Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand in 1824. On the return voyage to France the ship sailed through the Ellice Islands (now known as [1 ] Tuvalu). [2 ]
Duperrey was the first to put together on a map the whole
Gilbert Islands archipelago (with the name given to it by Admiral Krusenstern).
Three-striped Cool Skink, now Tiliqua duperreyi (Gray, 1838), was named in his honour. Bassinia duperreyi
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