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Pierre André Latreille (1762 - 1833)

Genera erected by Latreille:

Species first described by Latreille:

Pierre André Latreille was a French entomologist. His works describing insects assigned many of the insect taxa still in use today.

He was ordained a priest in 1786 and spent all of his free time studying insects. In 1788 he returned to Paris and became active in the scientific community there gaining admission to the Society for Natural History.

In 1798 he was given the task of arranging the entomological collection at the recently organized Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. In 1814 he became a member of the French Academy of Sciences.

Among his scientific work was the publication of vertebrate systematics, where he erected a separate class for the amphibians (as Batracia), thus erecting the today four familiar classes of tetrapods: Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

He was professor of zoology in the veterinary school at Alfort near Paris, and in 1830, when the chair of zoology of invertebrates at the Museum was divided after the death of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, Latreille was appointed professor of zoology of crustaceans, arachnids and insects.

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