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Table 2 The top 25 most prolific first authors along with their numbers of polychaete species described, first and last discoveries, cumulative proportion of the number of polychaete species described, publication lifetime and the number of non-polychaete species described

From: Progress and perspectives in the discovery of polychaete worms (Annelida) of the world

First author Polychaete species described First discovery Cumulative % of species described by Last discovery Publication lifetime Non-polychaete species described
1850 1900 1950 2000
G. Hartmann-Schröder 517 1956 0 0 0 100 1998 43 4
O. Hartman 473 1936 0 0 26 100 1971 36 1
A. E. Grube 468 1840 5 100 100 0 1881 42 78
W. C. McIntosh 297 1868 0 82 100 0 1924 57 14
E. Ehlers 262 1864 0 53 100 0 1920 57 6
M. Imajima 239 1959 0 0 0 78 2013 55 0
J. P. Moore 223 1894 0 2 100 0 1923 30 7
H. Augener 217 1906 0 0 98 100 19701 65 2
J. G. H. Kinberg 212 1855 0 100 100 0 19102 56 0
J. A. Blake 206 1969 0 0 0 85 2016 48 0
P. A. Hutchings 197 1974 0 0 0 89 2015 42 0
J. H. Day 192 1934 0 0 6 100 1977 44 0
K. Fauchald 188 1965 0 0 0 100 2012 48 0
A. L. Treadwell 168 1900 0 1 100 0 1945 46 0
M. H. Pettibone 158 1948 0 0 1 100 1997 50 0
P. Fauvel 142 1900 0 1 95 100 1959 60 0
A. de Quatrefages 141 1843 9 100 0 0 1870 28 22
R. V. Chamberlin3 131 1918 0 0 100 0 1920 3 16523
A. E. Verrill 123 1873 0 99 100 0 1901 29 730
C. C. A. Monro 121 1924 0 0 100 0 1939 16 0
R. Horst 116 1889 0 3 100 0 1924 36 1
G. San Martín 112 1982 0 0 0 45 2014 33 0
L. K. Schmarda 111 1861 0 100 0 0 1861 1 92
C. Gravier 107 1896 0 24 100 0 1936 41 47
M. Caullery 103 1896 0 11 100 0 1944 49 28
Total 5224         
  1. Authors in italic indicate those who are still active until now
  2. 1Posthumous, deceased 1938
  3. 2Posthumous, last article in 1867
  4. 3Arthropod taxonomist with brief career in annelids