Leonardo Fea

Leonardo Fea ( born July 24, 1852 in Turin, † April 27, 1903 ) was an Italian explorer, zoologist, artist and animal collector.

Life and work

Fea was the son of Paul Fea, a professor of painting at the Accademia Albertina and his wife Anna Roda. Influenced by his father learned Fea early drawing, and in particular wood. In 1871 he became an assistant in the entomology department of the Museo di storia naturale Giacomo Doria in Genoa. From 1885 to 1889 he was in Burma together entomological and ornithological collections. In addition, he wrote in 1896, the book " Quattro Anni fra I Burmese e le Tribe limitrofe " which is regarded as his main drive. Next Fea was planning an expedition to Malaysia, which he, however, due to his poor health condition could not be achieved. Due to the dry climate, therefore he chose 1898, the archipelago of Macaronesia. Fea was disappointed by the number of species on the archipelago, although he was able to collect 47 species of birds, of which eleven were first detected in Macaronesia. Among them was the Cape Verde Petrel ( Pterodroma fea ), which was described in 1899 by Tommaso Salvadori Feas friend. During his stay in the Cape Verde Islands Fea was one of the last scientist who was able to demonstrate a live specimen of the now extinct Cape Verde Riesenskinks ( Chioninia coctei ). His last trips made ​​Fea into the Gulf of Guinea and Portuguese West Africa (modern-day Angola) ( 1899-1901 ). Feas collections are located in the Museo di Storia Naturale in Genoa.


Following Fea different taxa are named, among others, the Fea 's viper ( Azemiops fea ) (1888 by George Albert Boulenger ), the Cape Verde Petrel ( Pterodroma fea ) (1899 by Tommaso Salvadori ), the Feadrossel (Turdus feae ) (1887 by Salvadori ), the Fea - tree rat ( Chiromyscus chiropus ) (1891 by Oldfield Thomas ), Murina feae (1891 by Thomas ) of the Tenasserim muntjac ( Muntiacus feae ) (1889 by Thomas and Giacomo Doria ), the São Tomé - blind snake ( Rhinotyphlops feae ) (1906 feae by Boulenger ) and Rhacophorus (1893 by Boulenger ).