Johann Christian Mikan

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Johann Christian Mikan (1769–1844)

Johann Christian Mikan (born 5 December 1769 in Teplitz, died 28 December 1844 in Prague) was an Austrian-Czech botanist, zoologist and entomologist. He was the son of Joseph Gottfried Mikan.[1]


Mikan was a professor of natural history at the University of Prague.[2] He was one of three leading naturalists on the Austrian Brazil Expedition.[3]

He wrote Monographia Bombyliorum Bohemiæ, iconibus illustrata in 1796, Entomologische Beobachtungen, Berichtigungen und Entdeckungen in 1797, and Delectus Florae et Faunae Brasiliensis, etc. in 1820.[4] Mikan described many new species, including the black lion tamarin.

Mikan is commemorated in the scientific name of a species of South American snake, Dipsas mikanii.[5]

The genus Mikania Willd. (Asteraceae) was named for his father Joseph Gottfried Mikan (1743–1814), professor of botany and chemistry at the Prague University.

See also[edit]

Mikan (disambiguation)



  1. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names: M-Q. CRC Press. p. 1690. ISBN 978-0-8493-2677-6. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  2. ^ Adam, Thomas, ed. (2005). Germany and the Americas: O-Z. ABC-CLIO. p. 809. ISBN 978-1-85109-628-2. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  3. ^ "1–3 December 2006: Eduard Suess-Symposium in Vienna – The Sternberg Project, University of Vienna". Archived from the original on 25 February 2007.
  4. ^ " Johann Christian Mikan: Books".
  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. ("Mikan", p. 178).
  6. ^ International Plant Names Index.  J.C.Mikan.

Further reading[edit]

  • Anonymous (1852). [Mikan, J. C.] Lotos 2: 63–65.
  • Eiselt JN (1836). Geschichte, Systematik und Literatur der Insectenkunde, von den ältesten Zeiten bis auf die Gegenwart. Als Handbuch für den Jünger und als Repertorium für den Meister der Entomologie bearbeitet. Leipzig: C. H. F. Hartmann. (in German).
  • Evenhuis NL (1997). Litteratura taxonomica dipterorum (1758–1930). Volume 1 (A-K); Volume 2 (L-Z). Leiden. (in Latin).
  • Stearn T (1956). "Mikan's Delectus Florae et Faunae Brasiliensis ". J. Soc. Bibliog.Nat. Hist. 3 (3): 135–136 doi:10.3366/jsbnh.1956.3.3.135.

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