Antoine Risso

Antoine Risso

Antoine Risso
Born (1777-04-08)8 April 1777
Died 25 August 1845(1845-08-25) (aged 68)
Fields natural history
Author abbrev. (botany) Risso
Author abbrev. (zoology) Risso

Giuseppe Antonio Risso (8 April 1777 – 25 August 1845), called Antoine Risso, was a Niçard naturalist.[1]

Risso was born in the city of Nice in the Duchy of Savoy, and studied under Giovanni Battista Balbis. He published Ichthyologie de Nice (1810), Histoire naturelle de l'Europe méridionale (1826) and Histoire Naturelle des Orangers (1818–1822). Risso's dolphin was named after him.[2] He is denoted by the author abbreviation Risso when citing a botanical name;[3] the same abbreviation is used for zoological names.

Genera and species named after him

Genera and species named by him

He named 549 marine genera and species.[4] IPNI gives 81 records for Risso.[5]



  1. David M. Damkaer (2002). "Antoine Joseph Risso". The Copepodologist's Cabinet: A Biographical and Bibliographical History, Volume 1. Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, Volume 240. American Philosophical Society. pp. 163–167. ISBN 978-0-87169-240-5.
  2. Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson & Sophie Webb (2011). "Risso's dolphin, Grampus griseus". Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia. California Natural History Guides. University of California Press. pp. 301–308. ISBN 978-0-520-26545-5.
  3. R. K. Brummitt & C. E. Powell, ed. (1992). Authors of Plant Names: a List of Authors of Scientific Names of Plants, with Recommended Standard Forms of their Names, Including Abbreviations. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. ISBN 0-947643-44-3.
  4. World Register of Marine Species: author Risso
  5. IPNI: author Risso

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