John Reeves (naturalist)

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John Reeves (1 May 1774 – 22 March 1856) was an English naturalist. He developed a notable collection of Chinese drawings of animals and plants.

Reeves was appointed inspector of tea for the British East India Company in 1808. He was responsible for the introduction of a number of garden plants to the West.

He is commemorated in the names of Reeves's muntjac and Reeves's pheasant.

Three species of reptiles are also named in his honor: Leiolepis reevesii, Mauremys reevesii, and Scincella reevesii.[1]


  1. ^ 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. ("Reeves", p. 218).

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