Louis Germain

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Alfred Louis Pierre Germain (8 January 1878 – 18 October 1942) was a French malacologist born in Niort, department Deux-Sèvres.

He studied in Angers and Paris, obtaining his doctorate of sciences in 1907. Later he worked under Louis Joubin (1861-1935) in the laboratory of mollusks, worms and zoophytes at the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris. From 1936 to 1942 he was director of the museum.[1]

Recently (2010), a new genus of freshwater mussels from Madagascar called Germainaia was introduced into science.[2]

Written works[edit]

  • Étude sur les mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles vivants des environs d'Angers et du département de Maine-et-Loire, Bulletin of the Society of Natural Sciences of Western France, 1903 – Study of terrestrial and fluviatile mollusks living in the vicinity of Angers and the department of Maine-et-Loire.
  • Les mollusques terrestres & fluviatiles de l'Afrique centrale française, 1907 - Terrestrial and fluviatile mollusks of French central Africa.
  • Gastéropodes pulmonés et prosobranches terrestres et fluviatiles dans la Mollusques de la France et des régions voisines, 1913 - Pulmonata gastropods, terrestrial & fluviatile Prosobranchia, Mollusca of France and neighboring regions.
  • Chetognathes provenant des campagnes des yachts Hirondelle et Princesse-Alice (1885-1910), 1916 - Chaetognatha from campaigns of the yachts Hirondelle and Princesse-Alice (1885-1910).
  • La Biogéographie et les musées régionaux, Annales de Géographie, 1918 - Biogeography and regional museums.
  • Contributions àla faune malacologique de Madagascar. Les pélécypodes fluviatiles de Madagascar. Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, 24:34–42. 1918 - Contributions to the malacological fauna of Madagascar, fluviatile pelecypods.
  • Mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles, 1920 - Fluvial and terrestrial molluscs.
  • Mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles de Syrie dans Voyage zoologique d'Henri Gadeau de Kerville en Syrie, 1926 - Terrestrial and fluviatile mollusks of Syria from the zoological voyage of Henri Gadeau de Kerville.
  • La vie des animaux à la surface des continents, 1924 - Animal life on the surface of continents.
  • L’Atlantide, Revue scientifique, August 9 and 23, 1924
  • La faune des lacs, des étangs et des marais, 1925 - Fauna of lakes, ponds and marshes.[3][4]


  1. ^ [1] France savante (biographical information)
  2. ^ [2] Bione Published by: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 2010
  3. ^ [3] Prosopo (list of publications)
  4. ^ [4] Biodiversity Heritage Library of Australia
  • Parts of this article is based on a translation of an equivalent article at the French Wikipedia.

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