Hermann von Ihering

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Hermann von Ihering
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Hermann von Ihering
Born Hermann Friedrich Albrecht von Ihering
(1850-10-09)9 October 1850
Died 24 February 1930(1930-02-24) (aged 79)
Residence Brazil and Germany
Nationality German
Known for Hermann von Ihering

Hermann von Ihering (9 October 1850 – 24 February 1930) was a German-Brazilian zoologist. He was born at Kiel, Germany, and died at Gießen, Germany. He was the oldest son of Rudolf von Jhering.


Ihering studied medicine at the Giessen, Leipzig, and Berlin, and Göttingen, working as an assistant at the zoological institute in Göttingen. He later worked as a Privatdozent for zoology at the Erlangen and Leipzig.

Ihering travelled to Brazil in 1880 and got his first work at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, in Rio de Janeiro. He was the founder and first director of the Museu Paulista, in São Paulo in 1894. In 1920 Ihering returned to Germany, and in 1921 he settled with his second wife, Meta, in Büdingen. Meta died 1928.

The Brazilian water mite Unionicola iheringi (Koenike, 1890) is named in his honour.


His bibliography include 310 works; 20 of these works are about birds.[1]

He was the author of Catálogos da Fauna Brasileira (1907) with his son Rudolpho von Ihering.


  1. ^ "Obituaries" (PDF). The Auk. 47 (3): 452. 1930. doi:10.2307/4075531. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Book Os Fascinantes Caminhos da Paleontologia. Author : Antônio Isaia. Publisher Pallotti. (Portuguese)
  • Book: "Cronologia Histórica de Santa Maria e do extinto município de São Martinho." 1787–1933. Vol I. Author: Romeu Beltrão, Publisher Pallotti, 1958. (Portuguese)

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