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Robert Mertens

Robert Mertens

German zoologist
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Intro German zoologist
A.K.A. Mertens, Robert Friedrich Wilhelm Mertens
Countries Germany
Occupations Zoologist Herpetologist University teacher
Gender male
Birth 1 December 1894 (Saint Petersburg)
Death 23 August 1975 (Frankfurt am Main)
Star sign Sagittarius
Education Leipzig University
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Biography

Robert Friedrich Wilhelm Mertens (1 December 1894 – 23 August 1975) was a German herpetologist. The Robert Mertens' day gecko is a species named after him, as is Mertens' water monitor, and he also postulated Mertensian mimicry.

Early years

Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Mertens moved to Germany and attended the University of Leipzig, earning his PhD in zoology there in 1916.

Career

After working at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt for several years, Mertens became a lecturer at the University of Frankfurt in 1932. In his capacity as museum curator, and also in the various posts he held at the University, he was able to travel extensively and study lizards (particularly varanids, lacertids, and geckos) in many different locations, including Indonesia, Namibia and El Salvador.

He authored several books on zoology, including La Vie des Amphibiens et Reptiles in 1959. An English translation, The World of Amphibians and Reptiles, was published in 1960. Mertens described at least 59 reptile species and numerous amphibians. In addition, at least eight reptile species have been named after Mertens, e.g., Varanus mertensi, a monitor.

Death

Mertens died after being bitten while feeding his pet savanna twigsnake, Thelotornis capensis.

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References
http://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb124234518
http://isni.org/isni/0000000080939800
http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/advanced_search?author=mertens&submit=Search
http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/advanced_search?species=mertensi&submit=Search
https://authority.bibsys.no/authority/rest/authorities/html/90983311
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb124234518
https://d-nb.info/gnd/115632603
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85815985
https://viaf.org/viaf/14861488
https://www.idref.fr/033361142
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q70068
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