This article is about the German explorer.
For the Norwegian painter, see Wilhelm Peters (painter).
|Born||(1815-04-22)22 April 1815|
|Died||20 April 1883(1883-04-20) (aged 67)|
|Known for||Explorer, zoologist|
He returned to Berlin with an enormous collection of natural history specimens, which he then described in Naturwissenschaftliche Reise nach Mossambique... in den Jahren 1842 bis 1848 ausgeführt (1852–1882).
The work was comprehensive in its coverage, dealing with mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, river fish, insects and botany.
In a few years time, he greatly increased the Berlin Museum's herpetological collection to a size comparable to those of Paris and London.
Wilhelm Peters is commemorated in the scientific names of several species of reptiles, including Andinosaura petrorum, Anolis petersii, Geophis petersii, Hebius petersii, Morenia petersi, and Tracheloptychus petersi.
Sometimes, W. Peters is used to prevent confusion with herpetologists and James A. Peters.
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm Peters.