Oskar Boettger

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Oskar Boettger
Born 31 March 1844
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Died 25 September 1910
Citizenship German
Fields Zoology
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",[1] 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.[2]


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.[3] A number of other herpetological species/subspecies are named in his honor, including:

Boettger was also a conchologist or malacologist, and an entomologist who specialized in Coleoptera (beetles). Argonauta boettgeri and Sarcophyton boettgeri are named after him.

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.
  1. ^ WorldCat Search (publications).
  2. ^ SSARHerps (biography).
  3. ^ Reptile Database Anolis boettgeri.
  4. ^ Reptile Database Calumma boettgeri Boulenger, 1888.
  5. ^ Reptile Database Tarentola boettgeri Steindachner, 1891.