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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 is arranged article by article. 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.

All downloads are free. Volumes will be considered complete when or soon after the page count reaches 160 pages(except when a volume is made up of a series of related articles). Occasionally Supplements may be produced.

Guidelines to authors are provided HERE.

Editorial Board:

  • Kraig Adler, USA [Herpetology]
  • Graham Arader, USA [Antiquarian Bookseller]
  • Patrice Bouchard, Canada [Entomology]
  • Roger Bour, France [Herpetology]
  • Les Christidis, Australia [Ornithology]
  • Paul Clark, United Kingdom [Crustacea]
  • 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, United Kingdom [Editor]

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

Free downloads of issues making up Volumes 1 and 2

Vol. 1

Vol.1, No. 1 (November, 2010)


Vol.1, No. 2 (February, 2011)
Vol.1, No. 3 (May, 2011)
Vol.1, No. 4 (August, 2011)


Vol. 2

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


Vols. 1 & 2: Back numbers of print edition for sale: contact Steven Gregory e-mail:  sgregory.avium@ntlworld.com

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

Vol. 3

Vol. 3. Introduction: 
Notes from the Editor.
Vol. 3, No. 1 (October, 2014) 
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. 
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.
Vol. 3, No. 3 (November, 2014)
Mlíkovský, J. – The dating of Vieillot`s “Analyse d’une nouvelle ornithologie élémentaire”. Pp. 59-62.
Vol. 3, No. 4 (November, 2014)
Gouraud, C. – The authorship of the name Ornismya Parzudaki (Aves: Trochilidae). Pp. 63-68.
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.
Vol. 3, Cover
(including backgound, Editorial Board membership. list of contents and instructions for authors).
Vol . 4
Vol. 4, Preface (16 December, 2015)


Vol. 4, No. 1 (16 December, 2015)
Aimassi, G. – The original description of Bonelli`s Eagle Aquila fasciata Vieillot (Aves: Accipitridae). Pp.1-14.
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.
Vol. 4, No. 3 (17 March, 2017)
Willams, R.B. – A nomenclatural, bibliographic and scientific analysis of Philip Henry Gosse’sActinologia Britannica (1858-1859). Pp. 27-88. 
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.
Vol. 4, No. 5 (29 December 2017)

Bousquet, Y. – Book catalogues issued for the Leipzig trade fairs and the dating of taxonomic works. Pp. 93-126.

Vol. 4, No. 6 (7 March 2018)
Hordowski, J. & S.M.S. Gregory. – The avian genus-group name Clanga Adamowicz dates from 1854.Pp. 127 - 129.
Vol. 4, No. 7 (5 April 2018)
Williams, R.B. – A publishing history and bibliographical descriptions, with dates of new taxa and nomenclatural acts (1825−1847), of the preliminary papers and two editions, with additional interim papers, of George Johnston’s A History of the British Zoophytes. Pp. 131-180.
Vol. 4, cover:
(including background, Editorial Board membership. list of contents and instructions for authors).


Vol. 5, Preface


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.
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 thecomposition of the 1837 and 1838 volumes of the Magasin de Zoologie. Pp. 13-37.
Vol. 5, No. 3 (30 November 2017)
Dickinson, E.C. & A. Lebossé – A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. III. A correction in respect of the split of the Synopsis Avium in the 1837 volume of the Magasin de Zoologie. Pp. 38-48.
Vol. 5, No. 4 (9 March 2018)
Dickinson, E.C. & A. Lebossé – A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. IV. New avian names deriving from d’Orbigny’s expediton with evidence for their first introduction and necessary corrections to authorship, dates and citations. Pp. 49-274.
Vol. 5, No. 5 (1 August, 2018)
Dickinson, E.C. & A. Lebossé – A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. V. Necessary corrections to data from the “Index Animalium”. Pp. 275-292. Also includes Errata to Vol.5, No 4.
 Vol. 5, No. 6 (27 February, 2019)
Dickinson, E.C., R. Stopiglia, J. Fuchs, J. Trimble, P. Bousses & C. Gouraud. – A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. VI. Type specimens based on plate captions: bibliographic evidence applied. Pp. 293-388.
Vol. 5, No. 7 (8 March, 2019)
Dickinson, E.C. – A study of d’Orbigny’s “Voyage dans l’Amérique Méridionale”. VII. More original wrappers located and what they tell us. Pp. 389-397.
Vol. 5, No. 8 (8 March, 2019)
Dickinson, E.C. –  Correction to the date of publication of the name of the Gray-Hooded Parakeet Psilopsiagon aymara (d’Orbigny, 1839). Pp. 399-402.
Vol. 5, No. 9 (8 March, 2019)
Dickinson, E.C. –  Conflicting options for the first available use of the name of the Lesser Rhea Rhea pennata d’Orbigny and the date to be used. Pp. 403-404.
 Vol. 5, No. 10 (19 July, 2019)
Lebossé, A. & E.C. Dickinson. – Complementary information in respect of the split of the Synopsis Avium in the 1837 volume of the Magasin de Zoologie. Pp. 405-411.
Vol. 5, No. 11 (26 February, 2020)

Dickinson, E.C. & M. Schneider. –  Authorship with in the Synopsis Avium: a correction. Pp. 413-415.

Vol. 5, cover:
(including background, Editorial Board membership. list of contents and instructions for authors).

Vol. 6.

Vol. 6, No. 1 (9 March 2018)
Brammer, F.E., E.C. Dickinson, A. Harding & C. Voisin. –  Establishing the precedence between two published 1964 descriptions of a new seabird. Pp. 1-2. 
Vol. 6, No. 2 (31 August 2018)

Williams, R.B. – Correction of the spurious 1868 publication date of Thomas Hinck`s A History of the British Hydroid Zoophytes to 1869, with a list of included new taxa and nomenclatural combinations, and a bibliographical description. Pp. 3-27.

Vol. 6, No. 3 (24 October 2018)

Gouraud, C. & L. Chevrier. – Origins and dating of Baillon`s "Catalogue des Mammifères, Oiseaux, Reptiles, Poissons et Mollusques testacés marins, observés dans l`arrondissement d’Abbeville" with special regard to new taxa. Pp. 29-40.

Vol. 6, No. 4 (29 November 2018)

Williams, R.B. – Thomas Hincks’s A History of the British Marine Polyzoa: 1879 or 1880? Confirmation of publication date. Pp. 41-47.

Vol. 6, No. 5 (14 December 2018)

Williams, R.B. – Determination of the publication-date of George Johnston`s "A catalogue of the zoophytes of Berwickshire", with nomenclatural consequences for some cnidarian and bryozoan family-groups. Pp. 49-53.

Vol. 6, No. 6 (24 January 2019)

Williams, R.B. – Bibliographical descriptions and dating of original parts and consolidated volumes of H.T. Stainton`s "A manual of British Butterflies and Moths", with dating and combined order of precedence of some relevant contemporaneous literature. Pp. 55-102.

 Vol. 6, No. 7 (25 February 2019)        

 Lee, M. & M.D Bruce – Three additional birds from the "Voyage de LaCoquille" (1822-1825). Pp. 103-112.

Vol. 6, No. 8 (10 September 2019)

Dickinson, E.C. & L. Raty – Necessary corrections to `A review of the authorship and dates of publication of birds newly described from the "Voyage de la Coquille" (1822-1825) with comments on some spellings`. Pp. 113-116.

Vol. 6, No. 9 (5 November 2019)

 Reitmeyer, M. & E.C. Dickinson – Thomas Horsfield’s “Zoological Researches on Java and  neighbouring islands”: plate numbers and dates of publication. Pp. 117-125.

Vol. 6, No. 10 (26 February 2020)

Lee, M.  Another bird from the "Voyage de la Coquille" (1822-1825). Pp. 127-132.

Vol. 6, No. 11 (19 June 2020)

Sangster, G. The publication date of Cinclodes comechingonus Zotta &  Gavio and Porphyrula georgica Pereyra. Pp 133-134.

Vol. 6. No. 12 (29 July, 2020)

Galbreath, R. & G. Aimassi.–Atti della società Italiana di scienze naturali 1859-1895 and the dates of its parts. Pp. 135-150

Vol. 6. No. 13 (20 November, 2020)

Williams, R.B. A bibliographical description and publishing history of Henry Stevenson’s and Thomas Southwell’s The Birds of Norfolk (1866 [1867]- 1890), with notes on the vernacular and scientific names. Pp. 151-200.

Cover to follow shortly.


[This volume is expected to contain just the one paper; but othere related to him may be added before we formally close the volume.]
Vol. 7, No. 1 (2020: December?  Date to be advised: title still provisional)
§ Bruce, M.D. – George Gray’s “The genera of birds (1844-49)”: dates of publication and findings from comparisons between cancellanda and cancellantia. Submitted and being edited.
Vol. 8.
Vol. 8, No. 1 (15 December, 2020)

Williams, R.B. Reassessment of Henry Tibbats Stainton`s conflated lists of British Lepidoptera derived from A Manual of British Butterflies and Moths (1857, 1859) reveals an unrecorded publication. Pp. 1-13.

Vol. 8. No. 2 (24 February, 2021)

Dickinson, E.C. Richard Bowdler Sharpe’s “A monograph of the Alcedinidæ: or, family of kingfishers” 1868‐1871. Pp. 15-31.

[Two other articles are in hand as at 15.12.20]