Brongersma (near the helicopter) in 1959

Leo Daniel Brongersma (17 May 1907 in Bloemendaal, North Holland – 24 July 1994 in Leiden) was a Dutch zoologist, herpetologist, author, and lecturer.

Brongersma was born in Bloemendaal, North Holland, and earned his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 1934. He was probably best known for his scientific paper, "European Atlantic Turtles",[1] which was published in 1972, but he also served as the director of the Natural History Museum, Leiden and lectured at Leiden University until he retired at age 65.[2] In the 1950s he led several expeditions to collect zoological specimens in New Guinea. He described many new reptile species from the Indo-Australian Archipelago and New Guinea. He was also a Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1952[3] and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. He died at his home in Leiden in 1994.[4]

Amphibian and reptile taxa described by Brongersma

Species and subspecies are listed in the order they were described. Only species and subspecies still recognized are listed. A taxon author in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was originally described in a different genus.

Amphibian and reptile species named in Brongersma's honour

Species are listed in the order they were described. Only species still recognized are listed.


  1. ^ Brongersma LD (1972). "European Atlantic Turtles". Zoologische Verhandelingen. 121: 1–318. PDF
  2. ^ Boschma H (1972). "Notes on the scientific career of Professor Dr. L. D. Brongersma, compiled at the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday". Zoologische Mededelingen. 47: viii–xxii. PDF
  3. ^ "L.D. Brongersma (1907–1994)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ Hoogmoed MS (1995). "In memoriam Prof. Dr. Leo Daniel Brongersma (1907–1994)". Zoologische Mededelingen. 69: 177–201. PDF
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Brongersma", p. 39).

External links

  • Nationaal Herbarium Nederland
  • Marine Turtle Newsletter: Leo Brongersma – an Appreciation