Zoological Bibliography

This is dedicated to two pioneers in this field Charles Davies Sherborn 1861-1942 and Charles Wallace Richmond 1868-1932.

An occasional publication reporting on investigations into the bibliography of zoology, chiefly relating to dates of publication (especially of works issued in parts), problems of authorship, examples of cancellantia, and other bibliographical features that might have a bearing on nomenclatural problems. Since publication will be only online, most papers can be published very rapidly. Full illustration, with colour where appropriate, is preferred. Authors pay no page charges and receive a PDF/A with freedom to place this on one or more websites and to circulate this.

Publishing may be article by article or with an Editorial Notice or with one of our periodic Notes sections. Due to concerns about VAT (especially as regards EU sales) the implementation of our web-based subscription system has been deferred; however, a decision has been made to go ahead. Volume 3 initiated the new method of publishing article by article; it offered free downloads, and immediate Open Access, and access is article (issue) by article.

Subscriptions will cover one volume and volumes will be considered complete when or soon after the page count reaches 160 pages. Occasionally Supplements may be produced, associated with a volume, and either provided without extra cost to subscribers or offered against separate payment.

Guidelines to authors are provided at the end of every issue, and also may be downloaded HERE.

Editorial Board:

  • Kraig Adler, USA [Herpetology]
  • Patrice Bouchard, Canada [Entomology]
  • Roger Bour, France [Herpetology]
  • Les Christidis, Australia [Ornithology]
  • Alfred Gardner, USA [Mammalogy]
  • Maurice Kottelat, Switzerland [Ichthyology]
  • Andrea Kourgli, Austria [Zoology Librarian]
  • Christopher Lyal, United Kingdom [Entomology]
  • Svetlana Nikolaeva, United Kingdom [Paleontology]
  • Constance Rinaldo, USA [Zoology Librarian]
  • Ray Williams, United Kingdom [Parasitology; Cnidaria]
  • Edward Dickinson, UK [Acting Editor]

Further appointments will be made to represent other disciplines in zoology.

Free downloads of issues making up Volumes 1 and 2

Vol.1, No. 1 (November, 2010)
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Vol.1, No. 2 (February, 2011)
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Vol.1, No. 3 (May, 2011)
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Vol.1, No. 4 (August, 2011)
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Vol.2, No. 1 (April, 2012)
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Vol.2, No. 2&3 (November, 2012)
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Vol.2, No. 4 (August, 2013)

Subsequent volumes (issued article by article) all currently free to download):

Vol. 3, No. 1 (October, 2014) with Introduction to volume

Williams, R.B. A bibliographical description and publishing history of Edward Forbes's A History of British Starfishes (1840-1841) with exact dates of publication of new taxa and nomenclatural acts. Pp. 1-23.

Joined with this is a page of Notes from the Editor.

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Vol. 3, No. 2 (October, 2014)

Lebossé, A. & E.C. Dickinson. Fresh information relevant to the make-up of the livraisons of the “Galerie des Oiseaux” by Vieillot (1748-1831) & Oudart (1796-1860. Pp. 25-58.

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Vol. 3, No. 3 (November, 2014)

Mlíkovský, J. The dating of Vieillot's “Analyse d’une nouvelle ornithologie élémentaire”. Pp. 59-62.

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Vol. 3, No. 4 (November, 2014)

Gouraud, C. The authorship of the name Ornismya Parzudaki (Aves: Trochilidae). Pp. 63-68.

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Vol. 3, No. 5 (November, 2015)

Dickinson, E.C., M.D. Bruce & N. David. A review of the authorship and dates of publication of birds newly described from the "Voyage de la Coquille" (1822‐1825) Pp. 69-162.

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Vol. 4, Preface (16 December, 2015)
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Vol. 4, No. 1 (16 December, 2015)

Aimassi, G. The original description of Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata Vieillot (Aves: Accipitridae). Pp. 1-14.

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Vol. 4, No. 2 (28 January, 2016)

David, N. & E.C. Dickinson. The ligatures -æ - and - œ - in Vieillot's new avian names established in the Nouveau Dictionnaire d'Histoire naturelle vols. I-XXXVI (1816-1819). Pp. 15-26.

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Vol. 4, No. 3 (17 March, 2017)

Willams, R.B. A nomenclatural, bibliographic and scientific analysis of Philip Henry Gosse’s Actinologia Britannica (1858-1859). Pp. 27-88.

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Vol. 4, No. 4 (15 June 2017)

Williams, R.B. – T.V. Wollaston's “Coleoptera Hesperidum”: correction of its spurious 1867 publication date to 1868. Pp. 89-92

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Vol. 4, No. 5 (2017 date to be advised: title provisional)

Pittie, A. – Jerdon’s “Illustrations of Indian Ornithology

Vol. 4, No. 6 (2017 date to be advised: title provisional)

Bruce, M.D. – George Gray’s “The genera of birds (1844-49)”: dates of publication and findings from comparisons between cancellanda and cancellantia.

Vol. 5, No. 1 (31 January 2017)

Dickinson, E.C. A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. I, The contents of the parts of the volumes on Natural History. Pp. 1-12.

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Vol. 5, No. 2 (28 February 2017)

Dickinson, E.C. & A. Lebossé: A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. II. On the composition of the 1837 and 1838 volumes of the Magasin de Zoologie. Pp. 13-37.

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Vol. 5, No. 3:

Dickinson, E.C. et al., A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. III.New avian names relating to this work : evidence for their first introduction and necessary corrections to authorship, dates and citation. In prep. (c. 90 pp)

Vol. 5, No. 4:

Dickinson E.C., J. Fuchs, A. Lebossé & J. Trimble (et al. ?).: A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. V. Avian type material from this expedition and some suggested corrections to its understanding. In prep.

Vol. 5, No. 5:

Dickinson, E.C. & A. Lebossé: A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. IV. Comments on, and corrections to, the Index Animalium in relation to treatment therein of avian names derived from d’Orbigny’s publications. In prep.


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