|Born||31 March 1844
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
|Died||25 September 1910|
|Institutions||Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt|
|Alma mater||University of Würzburg|
Oskar Boettger (German: Böttger; 31 March 1844 – 25 September 1910) was a German zoologist who was a native of Frankfurt am Main. He was an uncle of the noted malacologist Caesar Rudolf Boettger (1888–1976).
In 1869, Oskar Boettger received his doctorate from the University of Würzburg. The following year (1870), he became a paleontologist at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, where in 1875 he became the curator of the museum's department of herpetology. He is credited for making Senckenberg's herpetological collection among the best in Europe.
Boettger suffered from agoraphobia and rarely left home, never setting foot in a museum from 1876 to 1894. Thus he relied on assistants to bring specimens he needed for his research. He was editor of "Katalog der batrachier- Sammlung im Museum der Senckenbergischen naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Frankfurt am Main" as well as "Katalog der Reptilien- Sammlung im Museum der Senckenbergischen naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Frankfurt am Main", both catalogs being issued by the Senckenberg Museum. Also, he was co-author of the herpetology volume for the third edition of Alfred Brehm's Tierleben.
In 1911 famed zoologist George Albert Boulenger (1858–1937) dedicated the species Anolis boettgeri to Boettger, defined as a Peruvian anole of the family Dactyloidae. A number of other herpetological species/subspecies are named in his honor, including:
- Testudo hermanni boettgeri, Eastern Hermann's tortoise
- Xenophrys boettgeri, a species of Asian toad
- Calumma boettgeri, circumscribed by Boulenger in 1888
- Cacosternum boettgeri, Boettger's dainty frog
- Tarentola boettgeri, Boettger's wall gecko
- Hymenochirus boettgeri, African dwarf frog.
He named and described some gastropod taxa, including:
- Note: This article incorporates translated text from the French Wikipedia, sources listed as:
- Adler, Kraig. 1989. Contributions to the History of Herpetology. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles. 202 pp. ISBN 987-0916984199.
- Lescure, Jean; Le Garff, Bernard. 2006. L'étymologie des noms d'amphibiens et de reptiles d'Europe. Paris: Éditions Belin. 207 pp. ISBN 2-7011-4142-7.