Johann Georg Wagler

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Johann Georg Wagler

Johann Georg Wagler (28 March 1800 – 23 August 1832) was a German herpetologist.

Wagler was assistant to Johann Baptist von Spix, and became Director of the Zoological Museum at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich after Spix's death in 1826. He worked on the extensive collections brought back from Brazil, and wrote Monographia Psittacorum (1832), which included descriptions of the blue macaws.

On 1832, Wagler died of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound while out collecting in München-Moosach.[1]


Four of Wagler's books and articles are available currently:[2]

  • Monographia Psittacorum (1832) (from: Munich). Co-writer: Wetmore, Alexander.
  • Natürliches System der Amphibien, mit vorangehender Classification der Säugethiere und Vögel. Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Zoologie (1830) (from: München). Co-writer: Richmond, Charles Wallace.
  • Serpentum Brasiliensium species novae ou Histoire naturelle des espèces nouvelles de serpens, recueillies et observées pendant le voyage dans l'intérieur du Brésil dans les années 1817, 1818, 1819, 1820 (1824) (from: Munich). Co-writer: Spix, Johann Baptist von.
  • Wagler's Six ornithological memoirs from the 'Isis.' (1884) (from: London). Edt: Sclater, P.L.



Further reading[edit]

  • Adler, Kraig, editor. 1989. Contributions to the History of Herpetology. Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR). 202 pp. ISBN 978-0916984199.