Doris Mable Cochran, US zoologist

Doris Mable Cochran, US zoologist

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Caption: Doris Mable Cochran (1898-1968), US zoologist measuring a turtle shell. Cochran's research was focused primarily on the reptiles and amphibians of the West Indies and South America, particularly Haiti. She published 90 taxonomic papers, describing 8 new genera and 125 species and subspecies, as well as publishing booklets for identifying venomous reptiles. She published The Herpetology of Hispaniola in 1941. Her most popular book was Living Amphibians of the World, published in 1961. At least 6 reptiles have been named after her.

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