Ludwig Karl Georg Pfeiffer

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Ludwig Karl Georg Pfeiffer
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Ludwig Pfeiffer in 1856
Born(1805-07-04)4 July 1805
Died2 October 1877(1877-10-02) (aged 72)
Kassel, Hesse-Nassau
Scientific career

Ludwig Karl Georg Pfeiffer, also known as Louis Pfeiffer (4 July 1805 – 2 October 1877),[1] was a German physician, botanist and conchologist.


He received his education in Kassel, and became professor of pathology there in 1828. He served as surgeon-major in Kracow during the Polish rebellion of 1831, traveled afterward through Europe for the interest of science, and was given in 1839 by the Bavarian government a mission to study the natural history of the West Indies. He remained for more than two years in Cuba, then visited most of the West Indian islands. On his return to Europe, he published Monographia Heliceorum viventium (4 vols., Leipzig, 1847–48; supplement, 1853); Symbola ad historiam heliceorum (3 vols., Cassel, 1851–56); and other works.[2]

Marine life named by Pfeiffer

He named more than 20 new genera and species, some of which have become synonyms:[4]

Marine life named after Pfeiffer

Nassarius pfeifferi, a nassa mud snail named in honor of Pfeiffer

In the course of time, 24 marine species have been named after Pfeiffer with the epithets pfeifferi, pfeifferae, pfeifferianus and pfeifferianum, many of which have become synonyms:[5]


Partial list of publications:


  1. ^ Coan E. V., Kabat A. R. & Petit R. E. (15 February 2009). 2,400 years of malacology, 6th ed., 830 pp. & 32 pp. [Annex of Collations]. American Malacological Society
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Pfeiffer, Ludwig Georg" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  3. ^ IPNI.  Pfeiff.
  4. ^ World Register of Marine Species : species named by Pfeiffer; accessed : 14 February 2011
  5. ^ World Register of Marine Species : species named after Pfeiffer; accessed : 14 February 2011

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