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was a Dutch
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Boddaert was the son of a Middelburg jurist and poet by the same name (1694–1760). Pieter Jr. obtained his M.D. at the University of Utrecht in 1764 and there became a lecturer on natural history. Fourteen letters survive of his correspondence with Carl Linnaeus between 1768 and 1775. He was a friend of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of "curiosities" (natural history objects) he described. In 1783 he published fifty copies of an identification key of Edmé-Louis Daubenton
Edmé-Louis Daubenton was a French naturalist.Edmé-Louis Daubenton's tombstone is in the church of Saint-Pierre in Avon. It was Buffon who engaged this cousin of Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton, Edmé-Louis, to supervise the colored illustrations for the Histoire naturelle...
's Planches enluminees
, assigning scientific names to the plates. As many of these were the first scientific names to be proposed they remain in use.
In 1785 he published Elenchus Animalium
, which included the first binomial names for a number of mammals, including the Quagga
The quagga is an extinct subspecies of the plains zebra, which was once found in great numbers in South Africa's Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State. It was distinguished from other zebras by having the usual vivid marks on the front part of the body only...
and the Tarpan
Tarpan is an extinct subspecies of wild horse. The last individual of this subspecies died in captivity in Russia in 1909....
- BHL Elenchus Animalium online Volume 1