Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee

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Rodolphe Meyer de Schauensee (January 4, 1901 – April 24, 1984) was an American ornithologist.

He was born in Rome, Italy, and his family moved to the United States in 1913. He was curator of birds at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia for nearly fifty years. He was particularly noted for his study of South American birds. He expanded the Academy's collection of bird skins, taking part in collecting trips to Brazil, Thailand, Burma, southern Africa, the East Indies, and Guatemala. He wrote about birds of South America.[1]

De Schauensee is commemorated in the scientific names of two species of snakes, Eunectes deschauenseei and Hebius deschauenseei.[2]


  1. ^ Ripley, S. Dillon (1986). "In Memoriam: Rodolphe Meyer De Schauensee". The Auk. 103 (1): 204–206.
  2. ^ 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. ("De Schauensee", p. 70).