See also: Duméril
In 1851, Auguste Duméril becomes assistant-naturalist with the Natural history museum, succeeding Gabriel Bibron, dead prematurely in 1848. It supplements, at the sides of his father, the general Erpétologie which finishes appearing in 1854.
Although the name of his/her father appears at the sides of his on the title page of the methodical Catalog of the collection of the Reptiles (1851), he is the only author. Its most important work as regards Herpétologie is the part devoted to the Reptile S in the report of the Scientific expedition in Mexico in the Central America (1870-1909), the part devoted to the Amphibien S being signed Paul Brocchi (1838-1898). This forwarding is led by Marie-Firmin Bocourt (1873-1897). Duméril cannot finish its manuscript because he dies during the head office of Paris. It is Bocourt, helped of François Mocquart (1834-1917), Leon Vaillant (1834-1914) and Fernand Angel (1881-1950) which finishes its text.
Duméril is interested particularly in the conditions of the metamorphosis of the Axolotl and signs, in 1870, Création of a white race of axolotls to the menagerie of the reptiles of the Natural history museum of natural history and remarks on the transformation of these batrachians .
It publishes an important book on fish, Natural history of fish, or general Ichtyology in two volumes (1865 and 1870) and supplements works of Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) and of Achille Valencian (1794-1865).
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