Ernst Hartert

Ernst Johann Otto Hartert (29 October 1859 – 11 November 1933) was a German ornithologist. Hartert was born in Hamburg. He was employed by Lionel Walter Rothschild as ornithological curator of his private museum at Tring from 1892 to 1929.

Hartert published the quarterly museum periodical Novitates Zoologicae (1894-1939) with Rothschild, and the Hand List of British Birds (1912) with Francis Charles Robert Jourdain, Claud Ticehurst and Harry Witherby. He wrote Die Vögel der paläarktishen Fauna (1903–22) and travelled in India, Africa and South America on behalf of his employer.

In 1930, Hartert retired to Berlin, where he died.[1]


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Complete list of Hartert publications is contained in Rothschild (1934) obituary in the journal Ibis cited below.


A species of lizard, Hemiphyllodactylus harterti, and 12 birds are named in his honor.[2]


  1. Rothschild, L.W. 1934. Ernst Johann Otto Hartert (1859-1933): An Appreciation. Ibis 76(2): 350-377 (Plates IX & X).
  2. Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Hartert", p. 117).

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