Leonardo Fea

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Leonardo Fea
Leonardo Fea
Born(1852-07-24)24 July 1852
Turin, Piedmont, Kingdom of Sardinia
Died27 April 1903(1903-04-27) (aged 49)
Turin, Kingdom of Italy
Scientific career
Fieldsmalacology, geology

Leonardo Fea (24 July 1852 – 27 April 1903) was an Italian explorer, zoologist, painter, and naturalist.


Fea was born in Turin, a son of Paul (Paolo) Fea, who was professor of painting at Accademia Albertina, and Anna Roda. He became an assistant at the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova the Museum of Natural History in Genoa. He made several foreign trips to collect specimens, including visits to Burma (1885) and the Cape Verde Islands (1898), islands in the Gulf of Guinea (1899/1900) and Angola in what was Portuguese West Africa (1901). He spent four years in Burma, accumulating large collections of insects and birds. He then planned an expedition to Malaysia, but his poor health made it necessary to choose somewhere with a drier climate, hence his visit to the Cape Verdes. He was disappointed by the amount of wildlife he found there, but was still able to collect forty-seven species of birds, eleven of which were new for the islands. His collections are in the Genoa museum.

While on the Cape Verde Islands Fea collected a specimen of an unknown petrel. This was named Fea's petrel in 1899 by his friend Tommaso Salvadori.

Named after[edit]

Several species have been named to commemorate his work[1] as naturalist and zoologist:


  1. ^ Vaughan, Rob (2011). "A Zoological Who Was Who" (PDF). The Bartlett Society. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
  2. ^ Boulenger GA (1887). "Description of a new frog of the genus Megalophrys ". Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova. 4: 512–513.
  3. ^ a b c d e 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. ("Fea", p. 88).

Further reading[edit]

  • Conci C (1975). "Repertorio delle biografie e bibliografie degli scrittori e cultori italiani di entomologia ". Mem. Soc. Ent. Ital 48 (4): 817-1069. (in Italian).
  • Conci C, Poggi R (1996). "Iconography of Italian Entomologists, with essential biographical data". Mem. Soc. Ent. Ital 75: 159-382.
  • Gestro A (1904). ["Fea, L."] Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Third Series 1 (= 41): 95-152. (Portrait). (in Italian).
  • Nalesini O (2009). L'Asia Sud-orientale nella cultura italiana. Bibliografia analitica ragionata, 1475-2005. Rome: Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente. pp. 19–20, 65-66. ISBN 978-88-6323-284-4. (in Italian).

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