Hermann Martin Asmuss

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Hermann Martin Asmuss, portrait from 1848

Hermann Martin Asmuss (31 May 1812 – 6 December 1859) was a Baltic German paleozoologist and professor at the Imperial University of Dorpat.

Hermann Martin Asmuss was born in Dorpat, present-day Estonia, as the son of writer Johann Martin Asmuss and Christine Luise Asmuss, née Luhde. He studied at the Imperial University of Dorpat and received his doctorate from the Albertus University of Königsberg. In 1857 he was made full professor and director of the "Cabinet of natural history" at Tartu university. His main field of work lay in classifying Hemiptera. The lizard species Uromastyx asmussi is named after him.[1][2]

In 1856 he published Das vollkommenste Hautskelet der bisher bekannten Thierreihe.[3]


  1. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. The Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Asmuss, Hermann Martin". Baltisches Biographisches Lexikon digital (in German). Baltischen Historischen Kommission. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Hermann Martin Asmuss de.Wikisource (bibliography)