Pieter Bleeker in the Netherlands East Indies

Please be informed of this newly published journal article by RMBR honorary research associate Dr Maurice Kottelat in Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters.

Dr Maurice Kottelat

Kottelat, Maurice (2011) Pieter Bleeker in the Netherlands East Indies. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 22(1): 11-94.

Its abstract is as follows:

During his stay in the Netherlands East Indies [now Indonesia] between 1842 and 1860, Pieter Bleeker published about 350 articles on zoological subjects. They include the original descriptions of hundreds of new taxa. Most appeared in journals edited by Bleeker. Because many names appeared in parallel in the different journals, the dates of the first publication of many taxa are not clear. Further, articles in journals may have appeared as preprints, separates or as books, and journals were distributed as fascicles, as livraisons, or as whole volumes, often a combinations of these forms, and sent at different dates to subscribers in the East Indies and overseas or to individuals and institutions. Determination of the first usage of a name (and in many cases ascertaining its type series or type species, and its original spelling) requires the dating of the various works and thus, more importantly, establishing the sequence of publication. In this article I present the dates and chronological sequence of publication of these works on the basis of Bleeker s own comments in his publications and together with external information, where available. Most important are the minutes of the meetings of the Natuurkundige Vereeniging in Nederlandsch Indie¨ published in Natuurkundig Tijdschrift voor Nederlandsch Indie¨. Contemporaneous scientific journals published in Southeast Asia are briefly discussed. New biographical information on Bleeker and his way of working are also presented. 2011 by Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil, Mnchen, Germany.

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