Marie Firmin Bocourt

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Marie Firmin Bocourt

Marie Firmin Bocourt (19 April 1819 – 4 February 1904) was a French zoologist and artist born and died in Paris.

As a young man, he worked as a preparateur for the zoologist Gabriel Bibron (1805–1848), later serving as a museum artist. In 1861, he was sent to Thailand (then called Siam), where he explored the fauna and brought back an important collection of specimens.[1]

He collaborated with Auguste Duméril (1812–1870) on a series called "Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale", a result of Bocourt's scientific expedition to Mexico and Central America in 1864–66. Dumeril died in 1870, and the project was continued by Bocourt with assistance from Léon Vaillant (1834–1914), François Mocquard (1834–1917) and Fernand Angel.[2][3] With Vaillant, he published a study on fishes, "Études sur les poissons", that was included in "Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale").[4]

As an artist, he specialized in engravings, doing portraits of contemporary people as well as zoological illustrations.

Delalande's Coua, chromolithic print by Bocourt et Fagnet (produced for Alfred Grandidier's ”L`Histoire Politique, Physique Et Naturelle De Madagascar”).

He has a number of zoological species named after him; including:


  1. ^ a b c Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson (22 April 2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-907807-44-2. 
  2. ^ [1] Softcover, Antiquariaat Junk; (Adler. History of Herpetology, pp. 43/44).
  3. ^ World Cat Titles Etudes sur les reptiles et les batraciens
  4. ^ WorldCat Titles Études sur les poissons
  5. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Phoboscincus bocourti, pp. 28-29).
  6. ^ Tantilla bocourti at the Reptile Database. Accessed 5 December 2015.
  7. ^ Vaillant, Leon Louis & J. Pellegrin. 1902. "Cichlidés nouveaux de l'Amérique Centrale". Bulletin du Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle. 8; pp 85-86