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Catalogue of reptiles inhabiting the Malayan peninsula and islands



catalogue of reptiles inhabiting the malayan peninsulaTheodore Cantor

Printed by J. Thomas, at The Baptist Mission Press, Circular Road, Calcutta, India.



Theodore Cantor (1809–1860) was a Danish physician, zoologist and botanist. Born to a Danish Jewish family,[2] his mother was a sister of Nathaniel Wallich. Cantor worked for the British East India Company, and made natural history collections in Penang and Malacca.[3]

Cantor was the first Western scientist to describe the Siamese fighting fish.[4][5][6][7] In the scientific field of herpetology he described many new species of reptiles and amphibians.[8] Species first described by Cantor include Bungarus bungaroides (1839),[9] Bungarus lividus (1839),[10] Channa argus (1842),[11] Elaphe rufodorsata (1842),[12] Euprepiophis mandarinus (1842),[13] Hippocampus comes (1850),[14] Lycodon effraenis (1847),[15] Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (1842),[16] Naja atra (1842),[17] Oligodon albocinctus (1839),[18] Oligodon cyclurus (1839),[19] Ophiophagus hannah (1836),[20] Oreocryptophis porphyracea (1839),[21] Pareas monticola (1839),[22] Protobothrops mucrosquamatus (1839),[23] Ptyas dhumnades (1842),[24] and Trimeresurus erythrurus (1839).[25]

The genus Cantoria with the type species Cantoria violacea is named in Cantor's honour,[26] as are Pelochelys cantorii, commonly known as Cantor's giant softshell turtle, and Trimeresurus cantori, commonly known as the Cantor's pit viper.[27]

He was the author of:

Notes respecting some Indian fishes (1839)
— (1841). Conspectus of Collections Made by Dr. Cantor, Assistant Surgeon, During His Employment with H.M. 26th Regt. on Expedition to China, 1840.
— (1842). "General Features of Chusan, with Remarks on the Fauna and Flora of That Island". The Annals and Magazine of Natural History. 9: 481.
— (1846). On a Species of Semnopithecus from the Peninsula of Malacca. R. and J.E. Taylor.
— (1842). Zoology of Chusan.
— (1846). Catalogue of Mammalia inhabiting the Malayan Peninsula and Islands, etc. (Extracted from the Journal of the Asiatic Society.). Bishop's College Press.
— (1981). Catalogue of Reptiles: Inhabiting the Asian Continent. Cosmo Publications. ISBN 978-81-7020-107-6.
— (1849). Catalogue of Malayan Fishes. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Baptist Mission Press.

© The above writeup on Cantor by Nithyanand

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