Rainer Hutterer

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Leonhard Rainer Georg Hutterer (born May 6, 1948 ) is a German mammalogue and paleobiologist . He studied biology, chemistry, philosophy and education in Hamburg and Vienna. Small mammals are a research focus .


From 1972 to 1976 he worked as a research assistant at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 1976, Hutterer with the dissertation Descriptive and comparative behavioral studies at the pygmy shrew, Sorex minutus L., and the shrew, Sorex araneus L. (Soricidae - Insectivora - Mammalia) at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Vienna for Ph.D. PhD. He then worked for the species protection authorities of the Federal Office for Food and Forestry (now the Federal Office for Nature Conservation ) as an expert on issues relating to the species listed in the Washington Convention on the Protection of Species (CITES).

He then worked as a scholarship holder at the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum in Bonn; from 1977 to 2014 he was curator there and later also head of the vertebrate department. In addition, he worked as an institute historian and archive manager and was involved in archaeozoological projects. He has been a curator emeritus since July 2014.

Rainer Hutterer's research focuses on biodiversity and phylogeography , as well as paleobiology , systematics and taxonomy . He is particularly interested in the systematics and biogeography of small tropical mammals (especially rodents, shrews and bats in Africa and South America ), the phylogenesis of shrews and the change of fauna on islands. Hutterer discovered and named 60 mammal, 2 lizard and 18 snail species so far.

He was editor of the journal Myotis - International Journal of Bat Research and for 17 years editor of the museum journal Bonner Zoologischer Nahrungsmittel . From October to December 1988 he was a research fellow at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Since 1994 he has been a research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Hutterer was responsible for the renovation, repositioning and expansion of the mammal department at the Alexander Koenig Zoological Research Museum. He also worked as an institute historian and archive manager in the ringing center for bats and cooperated with anthropologists on archaeozoological projects. In 2010 he joined the museum's garden team, which organizes the design of the gardens. Hutterer is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists , where he works on the checklist committee, and in the German Society for Mammal Studies .

Hutterer's main interests include the systematics and biogeography of small tropical mammals, especially rodents, shrews and bats in Africa and South America, the phylogeny of shrews and animal fluctuation on islands, especially in the Canary Islands. His research trips took him to the Canary Islands, North, West, Central and East Africa, Oman, Iran, South America and Panay . Hutterer also studied extinct species, including the shrew Crocidura balsamifera , whose mummified body was discovered in Egyptian tombs, Nesoryzomys fernandinae , a species of mouse from the Galapagos Islands, and the Canary lava mouse ( Malpaisomys insularis ).

In addition to over 100 specialist articles, including several first descriptions of rodents, shrews and bats, Hutterer wrote the section on insectivores in the standard work Mammal Species of the World in 2005 . In 2013 he was involved in several genus and species descriptions in Jonathan Kingdon's work Mammals of Africa .

Appreciations and dedication names

A rodent species from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, two snail species from the Canary Islands and a mite species are named after Hutterite. In 1996 Hutterer was honored in the type epithet of Hutterer's brush hair mouse ( Lophuromys huttereri ). In 1991 the snail species Napaeus huttereri from Lanzarote was dedicated to him. In 1994 the snail species Canariella huttereri was named after him by El Hierro . In 1983 William B. Nutting, Fritz Lukoschus and LAJM Mertens named Demodex huttereri , a mite parasitizing on the fire mouse ( Apodemus agrarius ) after Hutterer. In 2012, Hutterer was awarded the Alexander Koenig Medal for his services.

Works (selection)

  • The shrews of Nigeria (Mammalia: Soricidae) , 1983 (with David C. Happold)
  • Symposium Herpetologia Canariensis , 1985 (with Wolfgang Böhme )
  • Vertebrates in the Tropics: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Vertebrate Biogeography and Systematics in the Tropics , 1990 (with Gustav Peters)
  • Bat Migrations in Europe: A Review of Banding Data and Literature , 2006 (in collaboration with the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation)
  • New African Mammals , 2009 (with Gustav Peters)


  • Bo Beolens, Michael Watkins, Michael Grayson: The Eponym Dictionary of Mammals. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 2009, ISBN 978-0-8018-9304-9 , p. 202.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Uwe Schäkel. AKG News 12 - ZMFK, pp. 3–4
  2. Animal and Museum . Society of Friends and Patrons of the Museum Alexander Koenig, 1988, Volumes 1–8, p. 124