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Albert William Herre

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Albert William Christian Theodore Herre
Born(1868-09-16)September 16, 1868
DiedJanuary 16, 1962(1962-01-16) (aged 93)
Alma materStanford University
Known fordescription of many new Philippine fish species
Scientific career
Fieldsichthyology, lichenology, ecology
Author abbrev. (zoology)Herre

Albert William Christian Theodore Herre (September 16, 1868 – January 16, 1962) was an American ichthyologist and lichenologist.[1] Herre was born in 1868 in Toledo, Ohio. He was an alumnus of Stanford University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in botany in 1903. Herre also received a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Stanford, both in ichthyology.[2] He died in Santa Cruz, California in 1962.[3]

Work in the Philippines[edit]

Albert W. Herre was perhaps best known for his taxonomic work in the Philippines, where he was the Chief of Fisheries of the Bureau of Science in Manila from 1919 to 1928. While in the Bureau of Science of the Insular Government of the Philippine Islands (which was administered by the United States at the time), Herre was responsible for discovering and describing new species of fish.[4]


Herre is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of gecko, Lepidodactylus herrei, which is endemic to the Philippines.[5] The fish Mesonoemacheilus herrei Nalbant & Bănărescu, 1982 is named after him.[6]

Selected works[edit]

  • Herre, A. W. (1927). "Gobies of the Philippines and the China sea". The Philippine Bureau of Science, Monographic Publications on Fishes. 23. Manila:Bureau of Printing: 78.
  • Herre, A. W. (1925). "Notes on Philippine Sharks, II. The great white shark, the whale shark, and the cat sharks and their allies in the Philippines". Philippine Journal of Fisheries. 26 (1). Manila:Bureau of Printing: 113–129.
  • Herre, A. W. (1924). "Distribution of the true fresh-water fishes in Philippines I: The Philippine Cyprinidae". Philippine Journal of Science. 24 (3). Manila:Bureau of Printing: 249–307.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wiggins, Ira L. (1962). "Albert William Christian Theodore Herre (1868-1962)". The Bryologist. 65 (4). American Bryological and Lichenological Society: 268–277. doi:10.1639/0007-2745(1962)65[268:AWCTH]2.0.CO;2. JSTOR 3240725.
  2. ^ Melchor F. Cichon. "Dr. Albert Herre: A Pioneer in Philippine Fisheries Science". Otolith, October–December 1986, pp. 11-12. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. ^ Abdoun, Hany. "Albert William Christian Theodore Herre". Special Collections - Biographical Sketch. California Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-01-31.
  4. ^ Pietsch, T. W.; Anderson, W. D. Jr., eds. (1997). "Albert William Christian Theodore Herre (1868–1962): A brief autobiography and a bibliography of his ichthyological and fishery science publications, with a foreword by George S. Myers (1905–1985); Collection Building in Ichthyology and Herpetology". American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology, Special Publications. 3: 351–366.
  5. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Herre", p. 122).
  6. ^ Christopher Scharpf & Kenneth J. Lazara (22 September 2018). "Order CYPRINIFORMES: Family NEMACHEILIDAE (a-p)". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  7. ^ International Plant Names Index.  Herre.