What’s in a name? Emmett Reid Dunn and the Oedipus salamanders


When scientists describe a new animal species, they give it a name, according to rules of the ICZN, the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.   Species names can honor a person or the place where the animal lives, or reflect the personality of the describer, as in the case of the beetle Gelae donut (Miller and Wheeler 2004).  Emmet Reid Dunn (1894-1956), who earned his PhD at Harvard under Thomas Barbour, expressed his sense of humor when naming salamanders.  Dunn’s 1921 dissertation on the Plethodontidae was expanded and published in 1926 as The Salamanders of the Family Plethodontidae.   Of the eight Oedipus salamanders that Dunn described there, two stand out: Oedipus rex and Oedipus complex.

Because names change as scientific knowledge advances, both of these names have been revised into ordinariness.   In 1944, E.H. Taylor reassigned the species within the genus Oedipus to eight separate genera, including Oedipina(Keferstein 1868) and the new genus Pseudoeurycea.

Below are references for the type descriptions, the Taylor 1944 and the Encyclopedia of Life entries for both.   The new names are more accurate, but not as clever!


Oedipus rex, sp.nov. described by E.R. Dunn in 1921.

Common name, Royal False Brook Salamander.

E.R. Dunn, “Two new Central American salamanders”, Proceedings of the Biology Society of Washington vol. 34, pg. 143-146 (1921)

EOL record for Pseudoeurycea rex:   http://eol.org/pages/1019116/overview

Pseudoeurycea rex © 2006 Sean Michael Rovito Source: CalPhotos



E.H. Taylor, “The genera of Plethodont Salamanders in Mexico, Pt. 1.”, Univ. of Kansas Science Bulletin vol. 30, pg. 189-232 (1944).

Oedipus complex, sp.nov. described by E.R. Dunn in 1924.

Common name, Gamboa worm salamander.

E.R. Dunn, “New Amphibians from Panama”, Occasional Papers of the Boston Society of Natural History vol. 5, pg 93-95 (1924).

EOL record for Oedipina complex:  http://eol.org/pages/2815206/overview/

Oedipina complex © STRI



New book list, April 9, 2014


Applications of membrane computing in systems and synthetic biology.
Pierluigi Frisco, Marian Gheorghe, Mario J. Pérez-Jiménez, editors. Heidelberg: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013982442
QH601. A77 2014eb [ebook]

Concise encyclopaedia of bioinformatics and computational biology.
Edited by John M. Hancock, Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, Marketa J. Zvelebil, Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research, Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK.2nd edition. Chichester, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. HOLLIS# 013982444
QH324.2.C65 2014eb [ebook]

Discovery of Australia’s fishes: a history of Australian ichthyology to 1930.
By Brian Saunders. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Pub., 2012. HOLLIS# 013531689

Evolution of Bivalvia: Multi-level phylogenetic and phylogenomic reconstructions within Bivalvia (Mollusca) with emphasis on resolving familial relationships within Archiheterodonta (Bivalvia: Heterodonta).
By Vanessa Liz Gonzalez. Thesis, Ph. D., O.E.B., 2013. HOLLIS# 013940578
QL430.6.G65 2013

Governance of genetic resources: a guide to navigating the complex global landscape.
By Catherine Rhodes. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Pub., [2013]. HOLLIS# 013982459
K3611.G46 R46 2013eb [ebook]

The lesser horseshoe bat in Ireland: surveys by the Vincent Wildlife Trust.
By Kate McAney, Ciara O’Mahony, Conor Kelleher, Andy Taylor and Sinead Biggane. Belfast: Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 2013. HOLLIS# 013989080
QL737.C58 M33 2013

Malthus: the life and legacies of an untimely prophet.
By Robert J. Mayhew. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 013825116
HB863.M29 2014

The new visual neurosciences.
Edited by John S. Werner and Leo M. Chalupa. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013982437
QP475. N493 2014eb [ebook]

A New Zealand book of beasts: animals in our culture, history and everyday life.
By Annie Potts, Philip Armstrong, Deidre Brown. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press, 2013. HOLLIS# 013982464
QL85.P67 2013eb [ebook]

Rozmieszczenie i migracje kserotermicznych chrząszczy (Coleoptera) w dolinie Wisły.
Mieczysław Mazur, Daniel Kubisz. Title on summary: Distribution and migration of the xerothermic beetles (Coleoptera) in the Vistula River Valley. Kraków: Wydawnictwa Instytutu Systematyki i Ewolucji Zwierząt Polskiej Akademii Nauk, 2013. HOLLIS# 013996185
QL591.P65 M29 2013

Edward J. Louis, Marion M. Becker, editors. Berlin: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013982471
QH431.S82 2014eb [ebook]

New book list, February 26, 2014


Animals on display: the creaturely in museums, zoos, and natural history.
Edited by Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen A. Rader, and Adam Dodd. University Park, Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013878073
QL71.A1 A55 2013

Antarctic futures: human engagement with the Antarctic environment.
By Tina Tin, Daniela Liggett, Patrick T. Maher, Machiel Lamers, editors. Dordrecht; New York: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013868202
GE320.A6 A58 2014

Are species real? An essay on the metaphysics of species.
By Matthew H. Slater, Bucknell University, USA. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. HOLLIS# 013934523
QH83.S55 2013

Catalogue of the Cicadoidea (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha).
By Allen F. Sanborn; with contributions to the bibliography by Martin H. Villet. Amsterdam: Academic Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 013934526
QL527.C5 S26 2013

Ecology and conservation of the maned wolf: multidisciplinary perspectives.
Edited by Adriana G. Consorte-McCrea, Eliana Ferraz Santos. Boca Raton: CRC Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013934530
QL737.C22 E285 2014

Field identification guide to the living marine resources of the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean = Dalīl ḥaqlī li-taʻyīn huwīyyat al-mawārid al-baḥrīyah al-ḥayyah li-sharqī al-Baḥr al-Mutawassiṭ wa-janūbih.
By M. Bariche. Rome: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2012. HOLLIS# 013932653
QL621.4.B37 2012
The future of nature: documents of global change.
Edited by Libby Robin, Sverker Sörlin, Paul Warde. New Haven: Yale University Press, ©2013. HOLLIS# 013919196
GE149.F47 2013 [ebook]

The invasive lionfish: assessments and impact management.
Editor, Harris A. Sullivan. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., [2013]. HOLLIS# 013934538
QL638.S42 I53 2013

Kinematics and hydrodynamics of undulatory locomotion in hagfishes (Myxinidae) and hagfish-like robotic models.
By Jeanette Li Li Lim. Thesis, Ph. D., Harvard University, 2013. HOLLIS# 013845517
QL639.4.L45 2013

Neanderthal man: in search of lost genomes.
By Svante Pääbo. New York: Basic Books, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013931031
GN285.P33 2014

Octopus! The most mysterious creature in the sea.
By Katherine Harmon Courage. New York, New York: Current, 2013. HOLLIS# 013934541
QL430.3.O2 C678 2013

The origin of species: The making of a theory — The beak of the finch — Lizards in an evolutionary tree. [DVD]
Version 1.0. Chevy Chase, Md.: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, c2013. HOLLIS# 013915181
QH367.O74 2013

The Peace-Athabasca Delta: portrait of a dynamic ecosystem.
By Kevin P. Timoney. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, c2013. HOLLIS# 013805830
QH106.2.A42 T56 2013 [ebook]

The physiology of fishes.
Edited by David H. Evans, James B. Claiborne, Suzanne Currie. Fourth edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013934542
QL639.1.P49 2014

Primates and cetaceans: field research and conservation of complex mammalian societies.
Juichi Yamagiwa, Leszek Karczmarski, editors. Tokyo; New York: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013925243

Quagga and zebra mussels: biology, impacts, and control.
Edited by Thomas F. Nalepa and Don Schloesser. Second edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013934543
QL430.7.D8 Z45 2014

A rapid marine biological assessment of Timor-Leste.
Contributors, Mark Erdmann, Gerald Allen, Emre Turak, Lyndon Devantier, and Candice Mohan; edited by Mark Erdmann and Candice Mohan. Arlington, VA: Conservation International; Dili, Timor-Leste: Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013934544
QH186.E73 2013

Rare Birds of North America.
By Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013921109
Bird QL676.7 .H68 2014

Report of the first meeting of the CFMC/OSPESCA/WECAFC/CRFM Working Group on Queen Conch: Panama City, Panama, 23-25 October 2012 = Rapport de la première réunion de la CFMC/OSPESCA/COPACO/CRFM Groupe de travail sur le strombe rosé = Informe de la primera reunión del Grupo de trabajo de CFMC/OSPESCA/COPACO/CRFM sobre el caracol rosado.
Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013933082
SH373.6.Q43 C45 2012

Report of the Fourteenth Session of the Commission: Panama City, Panama, 6-9 February 2012 = Rapport de la Quatorzième Session de la Commission: Panama, Panama, 6-9 février 2012 = Informe de la Decimocuarta Reunión de la Comisión: Cuidad de Panamá, Panamá, 6-9 de febrero de 2012.
Bridgetown, Barbados: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Subregional Office for the Caribbean, c2012. HOLLIS# 013933065
SH233.A1 W37 2012

Tropical fruit flies (Tephritidae, Dacinae) of South-East Asia: Indomalaya to north-west Australasia.
By Richard A.I. Drew and Meredith C. Romig, International Centre for the Management of Pest Fruit Flies, Griffith University, Australia. Asia Boston, MA: CABI, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013905628
QL537.M6 D695 2013

Water transport, embolism recovery and water storage in trees.
By James Kenneth Wheeler. Thesis, Ph. D., Harvard University, 2013. HOLLIS# 013936514
QK871.W44 2013

Librarian Travels: global Biodiversity Heritage Library meeting in Australia, part 2


Global BHL colleagues outside of the Melbourne Museum:  Abel Packer, Connie Rinaldo, John, Jiri Frank, Ely Wallis, Simon Sherrin, Fenghong Liu, Jinzhong Cui

On 1 February 2014 (day 2) of the global BHL meeting, we headed off to Lorne, Australia to convene at the Mantra Resort.  The next two days were working days where we discussed the nitty gritty details of strategic planning, connections with EOL, & other organizations such as GBIF, the next phase of BHL services, planning the next global meeting, & planning for our presentation at VALA, Australia’s bienniel Libraries, Technology and the Future conference.

During lunch breaks and at the end of the day, we could explore the beach.

The last dinner in Lorne.



Librarian Travels: Global Biodiversity Heritage Library Meeting in Australia, part 1.


I recently returned from a trip to the global Biodiversity Heritage Library Meeting in Australia.  The kick-off was “BHL Day” on 31 January 2014  in the Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Australia.

Ely Wallis, Chair of gBHL organized the meeting and we had a spectacular time.   BHL Day  began with a traditional welcome from the indigenous people of Australia by Caroline Martin, Bunjilaka Manager of the museum.

As we stood in a circle, Caroline Martin (with our host Ely Wallis on left) led a traditional welcome.

Presentations from members of the gBHL nodes attending followed the welcome.  Reports were provided by BHL Classic Chair, Nancy Gwinn, BHL Australia’s Ely Wallis, BHL China’s JinzhongCui and Fenghong Liu, BHL Europe’s Jiri Frank, BHLSciELO’s Abel Packer and Fabiana Montanari Lapido and BHL Africa’s Anne-Lise Fourie.

BHLAfrica report, Anne-Lise Fourie


Staff from BHL Egypt were unable to attend.  It was illuminating to hear what the global BHL nodes are doing.  The afternoon session posed several provocative questions related to recent literature, reprint collections and archival collections leading to a fruitful discussion of new directions as well as boundaries for BHL.  Joining BHL representatives were staff and volunteers from the Melbourne Museum, Australia’s national science agency (CSIRO) and the Atlas of Living Australia. The Museum arranged a tour of the “First Peoples” exhibit, the library rare book room,and a special visit to see live insects on display for visitors.


New book list, February 5, 2014


Apes and human evolution.
By Russell H. Tuttle. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013673021
QL737.P9 T86 2014

Biogeography of Australasia: a molecular analysis.
By Michael Heads, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY, USA. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 013868207
QH196.8.H43 2014

Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
[Edited by] Lawrence M. Page, Chair [and ten others]. Seventh edition. Bethesda, Maryland: American Fisheries Society, 2013. HOLLIS# 013785598
QL627,C66 2013

Conservation biology: voices from the tropics.
[Edited by] Navjot S. Sodhi (National University of Singapore), Luke Gibson (National University of Singapore), Peter H. Raven (Missouri Botanical Garden). Chichester, West Sussex; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Blackwell, 2013. HOLLIS# 013905606
QH77.T78 C655 2013

Critical care management for laboratory mice and rats.
By F. Claire Hankenson. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, c2014. HOLLIS# 013905609
SF406.H36 2014

Earth observation of ecosystem services.
[Edited by] Domingo Alcaraz-Segura, Carlos Marcelo Di Bella, Julieta Veronica Straschnoy. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013905611
QH541.15.B56 E34 2014

Enoplotrupes (E.) rhinoceros sp. nov. and E. (Tyrannotrupes) tyrannus subgen. nov., sp. nov. from India and Myanmar (Coleoptera, Geotrupidae).
By David Král, Vladislav Malý, and Jan Schneider.Andrésy, France :Association Magellanes,[2012]. HOLLIS# 013923827
QL596.S3 K73 2012

Evolutionary adaptation and antimalarial resistance in Plasmodium falciparum.
By Daniel Joan Park. Thesis, Ph.D., Harvard University, June, 2013. HOLLIS# 013919059
QR185.2.P37 2013

A field guide to the ants of New England.
By Aaron M. Ellison … [et al.]. New Haven: Yale University Press, c2012. HOLLIS# 013701355
QL568.F7 F37 2012

Gastrotricha, Cycloneuralia, and Gnathifera. Volume 2: Nematoda. Edited by Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, c2012- . HOLLIS# 013626633
QL386.S36 2012 v. 2

Gene regulation.
By Gurbachan S. Miglani. Oxford, U.K.: Alpha Science International Ltd., [2013]. HOLLIS# 013905615
QH450.M54 2013

Marine ecosystem-based management.
Edited by Michael J. Fogarty, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and James J. McCarthy, Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 013673022
QH541.5.S3 M273 2014

Measuring ocean currents [electronic resource]: tools, technologies, and data.
By Dr. Antony Joseph. First edition. Waltham, Mass.: Elsevier, 2014. HOLLIS# 013905618
GC239.2 .J67 2013eb [e-book]

IXe Congrès Ornithologique international, Rouen, 9 au 13 mai 1938.
Compte rendu publié par Jean Delacour. Rouen: Secrétariat du Congrès Hotel des Sociétés Savantes, 1938. HOLLIS# 013918950
QL671.I7 1938

New records of Trox Fabricus for Northeast China (Coleoptera, Trogidae).
Li Jingke, Xueping Zang, Lin Lin & Meixiang Gao, Lirong Huang.Andrésy, France: Association Magellanes, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013923738
QL596.S3 J45 2013

The Panorpidae from North Korea and Northeast China (Mecoptera, Panorpidae).
By Li Jingke, Zhang Xue-Ping, Lin Lin, Gao Meixiang. Andrésy, France: Association Magellanes, [2012]. HOLLIS# 013923870
QL598.7.P3 J45 2012

Population ecology: first principles.
By John H. Vandermeer, Deborah E. Goldberg. Second edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013905620
QH352.V36 2013

Sacred relics: pieces of the past in nineteenth-century America.
By Teresa Barnett. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. HOLLIS# 013807498

Sexual selection: perspectives and models from the Neotropics.
Edited by Regina H. Macedo, Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil, Glauco Machado, Departamento de Ecologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. London; Waltham, MA: Academic Press/Elsevier, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013905623
QL761.S48 2014

Systems biology: functional strategies of living organisms.
By Leszek Konieczny, Irena Roterman-Konieczna, Paweł Spólnik. New York: Springer, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013868233
QH313.K65 2014

New book list, January 22, 2014


Animals in the ancient world from A to Z.
By Kenneth F. Kitchell, Jr. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. HOLLIS# 013814859
QL355.K58 2013

Avian urban ecology: behavioural and physiological adaptations.
Edited by Diego Gil and Henrik Brumm. First edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. HOLLIS# 013868010
QL698.95.A85 2014

Biology and conservation of martens, sables, and fishers: a new synthesis.
Edited by Keith B. Aubry … [et al.]. Ithaca: Comstock Pub. Associates, 2012. HOLLIS# 013894643
QL737.C25 B516 2012

Cladistic history of cichlid fishes and reproductive strategies of the American genera Acarichthys, Biotodoma and Geophagus. Volume 1.
By Frederick Paul Cichocki. Thesis, Ph. D., Univ. of Michigan, 1976. HOLLIS# 013726944
QL638.C55 C53 1976 v. 1 [gift of Karsten Hartel]

Conserving biological diversity in our national forests.
By Elliott A. Norse … [et al.]; prepared by the Ecological Society of America for the Wilderness Society. [Washington, D.C.]: Wilderness Society, c1986. HOLLIS# 009765177
QH76.C66 1986

Dominion of bears: living with wildlife in Alaska.
By Sherry Simpson. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013868208
QL737.C27 S564 2013

Dragon songs: love and adventure among crocodiles, alligators, and other dinosaur relations.
By Vladimir Dinets. First edition. New York: Arcade Publishing, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013868211
QL666.C925 D54 2013

Introduction to the skeleton of hummingbirds (Aves: Apodiformes, Trochilidae) in functional and phylogenetic contexts.
By Richard L. Zusi. Washington, D.C.: American Ornithologists’ Union, 2013. HOLLIS# 013898849
QL696.T6 Z88 2013

Kronika zoologického poznávání.
[By] Zbyněk Roček. Vydání první. Praha: Academia, 2013. HOLLIS# 013905290
QL15.R637 2013

Marine biology: function, biodiversity, ecology.
By Jeffrey S. Levinton, Stony Brook University. Fourth edition. New York: Oxford University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013868217
QH91.L427 2014

Marine pollution and human health.
Editors, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry, c2011. HOLLIS# 013807807
GC1085.M37 2011

Mites of freshwater mollusks.
By Dale D. Edwards and Malcolm F. Vidrine; foreword by Ronald V. Dimock; design/art work by Van Reed. Eunice, La.: Malcolm F. Vidrine, 2013. HOLLIS# 013894620
QL458.15.A33 E39 2013

Monitoring biodiversity: lessons from a trans-Andean megaproject = Monitoreo de biodiversidad: lecciones de un megaproyecto transandino.
Edited by Alfonso Alonso, Francisco Dallmeier, Grace P. Servat. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013. HOLLIS# 013868219
QH77.P4 M66 2013
Mutualistic networks.
By Jordi Bascompte and Pedro Jordano. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013898776
QH548.3.B37 2014

Organic chemical toxicology of fishes.
Edited by Keith B. Tierney, Anthony P. Farrell, Colin J. Brauner. Fish physiology, v. 33. Amsterdam: Academic Press, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013899337
SH174.O73 2014

Phylogenomics: a primer.
By Rob DeSalle, Jeffrey A. Rosenfeld. New York: Garland Science, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013669141
QH367.5.D47 2013

A rapid biological assessment of the upper Palumeu River watershed (Grensgebergte and Kasikasima), southeastern Suriname.
Editors, Leeanne E. Alonso and Trond H. Larsen. Arlington, VA: Conservation International, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013868229
QH125.6.R37 2013

Techniques for virtual palaeontology.
By Mark D. Sutton, Imran A. Rahman, Russell J. Garwood. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2014. HOLLIS# 013897724
QE721.2.M63 S88 2014eb [e-book]

Treatise on zoology–anatomy, taxonomy, biology. The gregarines: the early branching Apicomplexa.
Edited by I. Desportes and J. Schrével. Leiden: Brill, 2013. HOLLIS# 013867311
QL368.G8 T69 2013 v. 1-2

Wildlife of Australia.
Iain Campbell and Sam Woods. Princeton: Princeton University Press, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013734733
QL606.58.A8 C36 2013 [e-book]

New book list, January 8, 2014


Advances in environmental research. Volume 23.
Justin A. Daniels, editor. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2012. HOLLIS# 013878359
GE140.A38 2012eb [e-book]

Australian bird names: a complete guide.
By Ian Fraser and Jeannie Gray. Collingwood, VIC: CSIRO Publishing, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013868958
QL693.F63 2013

Australian longhorn beetles (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae). Volume 1, introduction and family Lamiinae.
By Adam Ślipiński. Collingwood, Vic.: CSIRO Publishing, 2013. HOLLIS# 013792658
QL596.C4 S55 2013 v. 1

The birds of New Hampshire.
By Allan R. Keith & Robert P. Fox. [New Hampshire]: [Nuttall Ornithological Club], 2013. HOLLIS# 013894460
QL684.N6 K45 2013

Catalogus fossilium Austriae : ein systematisches Verzeichnis aller auf österreichischem Gebiet festgestellten Fossilien. Band 3, Pisces. Schriftleitung, Werner E. Piller. Wien: Verlag der Österreichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2001- . HOLLIS# 013883856
Ref. QE755.A8 C3 2001 Bd. 3

Dodo: the bird behind the legend.
By Alan Grihault. Cassis, Mauritius: Imprimerie & Papeterie Commerciale, 2005. HOLLIS# 010206434
QL696.C67 G75 2005

The evolution of breathing mechanisms in the archosauria.
By Leon Philip Antonius Maria Claessens. Thesis, Ph. D., Harvard University, 2005. HOLLIS# 009844643
QE861.C52 2005 [gift of Farish Jenkins]

Evolutionary biology and conservation of titis, sakis and uacaris.
Edited by Liza M. Veiga, Adrian A. Barnett, Stephen F. Ferrari, Marilyn A. Norconk. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. HOLLIS# 013752364
QL737.P959 E96 2013eb [e-book]

The eyelash geckos: care, breeding and natural history.
Hermann Seufer, Yuri Kaverkin, Andreas Kirschner (edit.); in collaboration with Jon Boone, Thomas Ernst and Tino Holfert; [translation of the German original, Katrin Koch]. Karlsruhe: Kirschner & Seufer, ©2005. HOLLIS# 013871464
QL666.L245 L5313 2005

Function and evolution of the hind limb in Triassic Archosaurian reptiles.
By Corwin Scott Sullivan. Thesis, Ph. D., Harvard University, 2007. HOLLIS# 012950114
QE861.S75 2007 [gift of Farish Jenkins]

Functional genomics in aquaculture.
Edited by Marco Saroglia and Zhanjiang (John) Liu. Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell: World Aquaculture Society, 2012. HOLLIS# 013878377
SH155.5.F86 2012eb [e-book]

Gene transfer to plants.
I. Potrykus, G. Spangenberg (eds.). Berlin; New York: Springer, c1995.
HOLLIS# 013871480
QK981.5.G45 1995

Mammals of Colorado.
By David M. Armstrong, James P. Fitzgerald, and Carron A. Meaney. 2nd ed. [Denver]: Denver Museum of Nature & Science; Boulder, Colo.: University Press of Colorado, c2011. HOLLIS# 013878379
QL719.C6 F58 2011eb [e-book]

Mosquitoes of the southeastern United States.
By Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama Press, 2013. HOLLIS# 013868965
QL536.B87 2013

Musculoskeletal design in macropodoid marsupials: acceleration mechanics, body size, and habitat use.
By Craig Patrick McGowan. Thesis, Ph. D., 2006, Harvard University. 2006. HOLLIS# 011412362
QL737.M35 M35 2006 [gift of Farish Jenkins]

Nematodes: morphology, functions and management strategies.
Fausto Boeri and Jordan A. Chung, editors. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, c2012. HOLLIS# 013878381
QL391.N4 N3787 2012eb [e-book]

Nonpasserines: shorebirds through woodpeckers.
By Al Sandilands; with illustrations by Ross James. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010. HOLLIS# 013878367
QL685.5.O6 S26 2010eb [e-book]

Ontogeneticheskai͡a sistematika i novai͡a modelʹ ėvoli͡ut͡sii Bilateria.
By A.V. Martynov. [Ontogenetic systematics and a new model of Bilateria evolution]. Moskva: T-vo nauch. izd.KMK., 2011. HOLLIS# 013881587
QL406.7.M37 2011

The unfeathered bird.
By Katrina van Grouw. Princeton: Princeton University Press, c2013. HOLLIS# 013878384
QL697.V26 2013eb [e-book]

Warbler Guide.
By Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle; drawings by Catherine Hamilton. Princeton: Princeton University Press, c2013. HOLLIS# 013878385
QL696.P2438 S73 2013eb [e-book]

Wild cultures: a comparison between chimpanzee and human cultures.
By Christophe Boesch. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. HOLLIS# 013635094
QL737.P96 B5955 2012eb [e-book]

Wildlife science: linking ecological theory and management applications.
Edited by Timothy E. Fulbright and David G. Hewitt. Boca Raton: CRC Press, c2007. HOLLIS# 013878386
QH541.W449 2007eb [e-book]

Wildlife search and rescue: a guide for first responders.
By Rebecca Dmytryk. Chichester, West Sussex, UK; Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. HOLLIS# 013878388
QL83.2.D58 2012eb [e-book]

New books list, December 18, 2013


August Weismann (1834-1914) und die theoretische Biologie des 19. Jahrhunderts: Urkunden, Berichte und Analysen.
Herausgegeben von Klaus Sander. Freiburg: Rombach Verlag, 1984. HOLLIS# 013868986
QH31.W42 A8 1985

Baltasis gandras Lietuvoje: lizdų atlasas.
[By] Mindaugas Dagys, Daiva Vaitkuvienė. Vilnius: Gamtos tyrimų centras, 2013. HOLLIS# 013863950
QL696.C535 D24 2013

Beastly London: a history of animals in the city.
By Hannah Velten. London: Reaktion Books, 2013. HOLLIS# 013844176
SF53.V45 2013eb [e-book]

A beginner’s guide to diatoms.
[By] Jacob John. [Ruggel, Liechtenstein]: A. R. G. Gantner Verlag, [2012]. HOLLIS# 013847081
QK569.D54 J64 2012

The birds of Africa. Volume 8, the Malagasy region.
Color plates by Martin Woodcock. London; New York: Academic Press, 1982-2013. HOLLIS# 001042897
QL692.A1 B72 1982 v. 8

Guide to the butterflies of the Palearctic Region. Volume 3, Nymphalidae, part 6, subfamily Limenitidinae.
Editor: G. C. Bozano. Milano: Onmes Artes; 1999- . HOLLIS# 009115949
QL546.G84 1999 v. 3, pt. 6

Molecular genetic characterization of animal genetic resources.
Rome: Commission on Genetic resources for Food and Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2011. HOLLIS# 013323196
SF105.3.M64 2011

Ornitologia italiana: identificazione, distribuzione, consistenza e movimenti degli uccelli italiani. Volume 8, Sturnidae – Fringillidae.
By Pierandrea Brichetti, Giancarlo Fracasso; disegni di Silvia Gandini. Bologna: Alberto Perdisa editore, c2003 – . HOLLIS# 012816896
QL690.I8 B75 2003 v. 8

Physiology of the cladocera.
By Nikolai N. Smirnov, D.Sc., Institute of Ecology, Moscow, Russia; with additional contributions. Amsterdam: Elsevier, [2014]. HOLLIS# 013868224
QL444.B83 S65 2014eb [e-book]

Second International Cone Meeting.
Pierre Miramand, Directeur de publication. La Rochelle: Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, 2013. HOLLIS# 013800868
QL430.5.C75 S33 2012

70 jahre Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft: 1943-2013.
[By] Daniel Weβelhöft und Oliver Matuschek. Braunschweig: Appelhans Verlag, 2013. HOLLIS# 013870877
Q49.W47 2013

Tidal wetlands primer: an introduction to their ecology, natural history, status, and conservation.
By Ralph W. Tiner. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013. HOLLIS# 013853265
QH87.3.T57 2013

A voyage across the Americas: the journey of Henri de Büren, 1852-1853. Adaptation by Jean-François Buren ; edited by August Cosentino. Pregny-Geneva, Switzerland: Editions de Penthes, [2013]. HOLLIS# 013868030
E27.B87 2013

Librarian Travels: Villa I Tatti & Biblioteca Berenson



While attending the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) meeting in Florence, Italy in late October, I was able to spend an afternoon at the Villa I Tatti, a Harvard Center that is considered to be “the foremost research institution in the world for Italian Renaissance art, history, literature, and music.” Scholars of the Italian Renaissance, have an opportunity to spend a full year here on a post-doctoral Fellowship or return for shorter periods as Visiting Fellows.  The Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (opened in 1961) is not open to the public as it is a research facility but tours can be arranged by request for those with a special interest in the topic or ties to Harvard. Other key features are the working farm and a historic Italianate garden designed by Cecil Pinsent.

Villa I Tatti was a gift to Harvard from Bernard and Mary Berenson whose lives and work are fascinating. The couple met at Harvard and remembrances of this time can be seen in the online exhibit:  Bernard and Mary Berenson as (Harvard) students.  Bernard Berenson established himself as an expert on Italian Renaissance paintings and drawings and made his living as an art critic and advisor.

Bernard Berenson believed that new and exciting ideas develop through deep study and conversation with others similiarly involved in research.  Thus, one of the requirements for being a fellow at the Villa I Tatti is that you join the other fellows for meals.   The Center sits in the midst of a working farm that grows olives and grapes and produces its own oil and wine.  According to the tour guide, all the products on the farm are for the sole use of those living and working at the Center.  Information about the program states that much of the most valuable scholarship since the 1970s on the Italian Renaissance has been a result of work done at the Villa I Tatti. The Berensons collected enough art to comfortably decorate (but not over-decorate) the main house.  According to the tour guide, the art works were not necessarily top quality–the Berensons often collected second tier works.

Along with the beautiful villa, garden and farm, the Berensons established an extraordinary library that is meant to  provide comprehensive coverage of Italian Renaissance scholarship, an extensive photograph collection, an archive that documents the work of the Berensons, and a music library for medieval and Renaissance music.  Currently there are more than 175,000 volumes, 250,000 photographs and subscriptions to more than 600 scholarly journals. The Biblioteca Berenson is a quite modern facility and it is easy to see how one could become immersed in research there. The library is vital to the mission of I Tatti–the books, photographs, digital images, archives, manuscripts and recordings offer interdisciplinary opportunities for studies of late medieveal and early modern Italy and also the life and times of the Berensons.  Additionally, as part of the vast Harvard Library, there is access to all of the holdings of Harvard.

A Finding Aid to the papers of Bernard and Mary Berenson held by Harvard provides more information about the Berensons.

~Connie Rinaldo


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