Temple Prime

Temple Prime
Temple Prime. (photo courtesy of the MCZ)

14 September 1832 – 25 February 1903

Born: Battery Place, New York, New York.

Died: New York, New York.

Occupation: Naturalist. Malacologist.

Education: Privately tutored in New York and Europe. Studied under Louis Agassiz at Harvard, 1850. Columbia Law School.

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Collection Deposition: Types at MCZ.

Research Interests: Sphaeriidae and Corbiculidae.


Data from: Abbott, R.T., and M.E. Young (eds.). 1973. American Malacologists: A national register of professional and amateur malacologists and private shell collectors and biographies of early American mollusk workers born between 1618 and 1900. American Malacologists, Falls Church, Virginia. Consolidated/Drake Press, Philadelphia. 494 pp.

Other References: Roberts, S.R. 1903. Temple Prime. Nautilus 16(12):138-139.

Johnson, R.I. 1959. The types of Corbiculidae and Sphaeriidae (Mollusca: Pelecypoda) in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and a bio-bibliographic sketch of Temple Prime, an early specialist of the group. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 120(4):429-479 + 8 plates.

Partial Bibliography

Prime, T. 1852. A monograph of the species of Pisidium, found in the United States of North America, with figures. Boston Journal of Natural History 6(3):348-368 + 2 plates.

Prime, T. 1852. A number of new species of Cycladidae, with descriptions. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 4(10-11):155-165.

Prime, T. 1853. Notes on species of Cyclas found in the United States. Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History 4(17-18):271-286.

Prime, T. 1861. Note sur quelques espèces peu connues des genres BatissaCyrenaCorbicula at Sphaerium. Journal de Conchyliologie 9:38-43 + 1 plate.

Prime, T. 1863. Monograph of the species of Sphaerium of North and South America. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Prime, T. 1865. Monograph of the American Corbiculadae. (recent and fossil). Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 145:xi-80.

Prime, T. 1870. Catalogue of the recent species of the family Corbiculidae. American Journal of Conchology 5(2):127-187.