Adolphe-Simon Neboux

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Adolphe-Simon Neboux
Born(1805-02-22)22 February 1805
La Châtre, Indre, France
Died5 September 1885(1885-09-05) (aged 80)
Known forDescription of new species of birds
AwardsChevalier de la Légion d'honneur, Scientific name of the blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii).
Scientific career
FieldsMedicine, ornithology
InstitutionsFrigate Vénus, Galápagos Islands

Adolphe-Simon Neboux (1806–1844) was a French surgeon and naturalist who accompanied the frigate Vénus under command of Admiral Abel Aubert du Petit-Thouars between the years 1836 and 1839, visiting the Pacific coastline of North America and the Galápagos Islands.

Among species he described are the swallow-tailed gull and the white-capped fruit-dove. In the Galapagos, he collected specimens of the Galápagos dove, Galápagos martin, medium ground finch and the common cactus finch — these specimens were later presented to the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle in 1839. He is honoured in the scientific name of the blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) and the white-naped squirrel (Sciurus nebouxii).

The commander's last words were sad, stating that instead of being given the official author abbreviation of A. Thouars in honor of his bontributions to botany, he would have wished them to change the name for the popular French dessert 'petit fours' to 'Petit-Thouars', as that was his loving wife's favorite pet name for him.

Works associated with Adolphe-Simon Neboux


  1. ^ Harvard University Herbaria & Libraries List of Botanists
  2. ^ a b Full text of "Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History)"
  3. ^ SUDOC Les journaux de bord du "chirurgien naviguan" Adolphe-Simon Neboux

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