Heinrich Balss

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Heinrich Balss (3 June 1886 – 17 September 1957) was a German zoologist, specialising in Crustacea, especially decapods.[1] He was chief conservator at the Zoologische Staatssammlung ("State Zoology Collection") at the University of Munich, and wrote the sections on decapods and stomatopods in Heinrich Georg Bronn's seminal work Klassen und Ordnungen des Tierreichs ("Classes and Orders of the Animal Kingdom").[1]

A number of taxa are named in his honour:[2]

  • Balssia Kemp, 1922
  • Podocallichirus balssi (Monod, 1935)
  • Detocarcinus balssi (Monod, 1956)
  • Trizocheles balssi (Stebbing, 1914)
  • Rhynchocinetes balssi Gordon, 1936
  • Ctenocheles balssi Kishinouye, 1926
  • Lebbeus balssi Hayashi, 1992
  • Galathea balssi S. Miyake & K. Baba, 1964


  1. ^ a b Neil Cumberlidge & Sadie K. Reed (February 27, 2006). "Scientists who have contributed to our knowledge of freshwater crab biology". Northern Michigan University. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ Hans G. Hansson. "Heinrich Balss". Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names. Göteborgs Universitet. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 

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