Erich Wagler

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Erich Wagler (born September 7, 1884 in Zwickau ; † August 29, 1951 ) was a German ichthyologist . His research focus was fishery biology.

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After attending grammar school, Wagler studied natural sciences in Leipzig and Jena from 1904 to 1910 . In 1912 he received his doctorate with the dissertation “Faunistic and biological studies on free-swimming cladoceros of Saxony”. phil. In 1920 he completed his habilitation with the thesis "On the systematics, the geographical distribution and the dependence of Daphnia cucullata Sars on physical and chemical influences of the milieu" at the University of Leipzig . From 1920 to 1926 he was a private lecturer in zoology at the mathematics and natural sciences department of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Leipzig. From 1926 to 1932 he was a non-scheduled adjunct professor for zoology at the mathematical and natural science department of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Leipzig. In 1926 Wagler became head of the Institute for Lake Research in Langenargen . Here his main focus was primarily on the biology of fish and fishing, especially the Coregons . Through numerous studies in various foothills of the Alps, Wagler was able to prove, for example, that the fishermen's catches cannot be readily used for growth analyzes and that the straightening of the Ammer had a negative impact on the living conditions of the Ammersee-Kilch .

Works (selection)

  • General biology - the basic properties of living things, structure and life phenomena of man , 1920
  • The animal world of the North and Baltic Seas in connection with numerous domestic and foreign specialists (with Georg Grimpe ), 1926
  • Amphipoda 2. Scinidae of the German Deep Sea Expedition , Jena 1926
  • The little blue of Lake Constance. Attempt to create a monograph , 1927
  • The stock of blue flies (Coregonus wartmanni Bloch) in Lake Constance and the management of the Alpine Renkenseen , in: Writings of the Association for the History of Lake Constance and its Surroundings , 58th year 1930, pp. 121–188 ( digitized version )
  • The Coregons in the lakes of the Alpine foothills , Munich 1933
  • The salmon-like (Salmonidae) , 1936
  • The animal world of Central Europe , Vol. 2, Leipzig, 1937


  • Erich Wagler in: Professor Catalog of the University of Leipzig / Catalogus Professorum Lipsiensis, published by the Chair for Modern and Contemporary History, Historical Seminar of the University of Leipzig. PDF, online
  • Obituary In: Der Fischwirt: magazine for lake and river fishermen, carp breeders, trout breeders and small pond owners , volumes 1–3. German Fisheries Association, 1951: p. 294