Johann David Schoepff

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Johann David Schoepff

Johann David Schoepff,[1][2][3] or Schoepf,[4] or Schöpf, (March 8, 1752 – September 10, 1800) was a German botanist, zoologist, and physician.

He was born in Bayreuth and travelled to New York in 1777 as the chief surgeon for the Ansbach regiment of Hessian troops fighting for King George III of the United Kingdom.

During the war Schoepff was stationed in Rhode Island. Determined to study the Americas as a scientist once the war ended, he travelled for two years in the United States, British East Florida, and the Bahamas.

He returned to Europe in 1784, where he worked for a time at the United Medical Colleges of Ansbach and Bayreuth. His North American observations are recorded in Travels in the Confederation [1783–1784], which first appeared in English translation in 1911. In 1792, he wrote Historia testvdinvm iconibvs illvstrata (History of the Iconic Turtles), illustrated by Friedich Wilhelm Wunder.



  1. ^ Rhodin, Anders G.J.; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Inverson, John B.; Shaffer, H. Bradley (2010-12-14). "Turtles of the world, 2010 update: Annotated checklist of taxonomy, synonymy, distribution and conservation status". Chelonian Research Monographs. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-15. 
  2. ^ Fritz, Uwe; Havaš, Peter (2007). "Checklist of chelonians of the world". Vertebrate zoology. 57 (2). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-17. 
  3. ^ A check list of North American amphibians and reptiles (1917) by Leonhard Stejneger and Thomas Barbour
  4. ^ Travels in the Confederation 1783-1784 Journal of Johann David Schoepf

Historia testudinum iconibus illustrata = History of the Turtles, Furnished With Illustrations

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