Louis Isidore Duperrey

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Louis Isidore Duperrey
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Born (1786-10-21)21 October 1786
Died 25 August 1865(1865-08-25) (aged 78)
Nationality French
Occupation Naval officer, explorer

Louis Isidore Duperrey (21 October 1786 – 25 August 1865) was a French naval officer and explorer.


Early life

Louis Isidore Duperrey was born in 1786.


He joined the navy in 1802, and served as marine hydrologist to Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet aboard the Uranie (1817–1820). He commanded La Coquille on its circumnavigation of the earth (1822–1825) with Jules Dumont d'Urville as second. René-Primevère Lesson also travelled on La Coquille as a naval doctor and naturalist. On the return to France in March 1825, Lesson and Dumont brought back to France an imposing collection of animals and plants collected on the Falkland Islands, on the coasts of Chile and Peru, in the archipelagos of the Pacific and New Zealand, New Guinea and Australia.

During the voyage the ship spend two weeks in the Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand in 1824.[1] On the return voyage to France the ship sailed through the Ellice Islands (now known as Tuvalu).[2]

He was the first to put together on a map the whole Gilbert Islands archipelago, which are now part of Kiribati (with the name given to it by Admiral Krusenstern).[2]


He died in 1865.


The Australian eastern three-lined skink, Bassiana duperreyi (Gray, 1838), was named in his honour.[3]

See also


  1. "Coquille". Early shipping in New Zealand waters. Retrieved 10 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chambers, Keith S. and Munro, Doug (1980). "The Mystery of Gran Cocal: European Discovery and Mis-Discovery in Tuvalu". The Journal of the Polynesian Society. 89 (2): 167–198. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Duperrey", p. 78).