Purulhá in Municipality of Purulhá, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala
José Mariano Mociño
Jose Mariano Mociño
de la Real Expedicion
de Nueva España
En su memoria se bautizo al quetzal
como “Pharomachrus - mocinno”
to José Mariano Mociño
Naturalist and botanist
of the Royal Expedition
of New Spain
In his memory the quetzal was named
Location. 15° 12.781′ N, 90° 13.034′ W. Marker is in Purulhá, Baja Verapaz, in Municipality of Purulhá. The marker is located underneath the bust of Mociño in an auditorium near the Vistors Center of the Biotope of the Quetzal near Purulhá, Baja Verapaz. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Purulhá, Baja Verapaz 15008, Guatemala. Touch for directions.
Also see . . . José Mariano Mociño at Wikipedia. José Mariano Mociño Suárez Lozano (1757 – 12 June 1820) was a naturalist
Beginning in 1795, by order of Charles IV, they made several journeys to examine Mexico. They traveled more than 10,000 miles (3,000 leagues) and formed a valuable collection, including a considerable herbarium and a great number of sketches, which they took to Spain in 1803. There Mociño was two times secretary and four times president of the Royal Medicine Academy
Mociño sympathised with Joseph Bonaparte, and when the French withdrew after the Peninsular War, he was taken prisoner, accused of being too close to the French. Finally, he managed to flee to France. In 1816 in Montpelier he met the naturalist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, to whom he showed the collections he could save, and entrusted to him the manuscripts for a Flora Mexicana.
Candolle brought him to Geneva, where he became professor in the University of Geneva. In 1818 he returned to Spain. He asked Candolle to return his manuscripts, which Candolle did after having the talented botanical illustrator, Jean-Christophe Heyland, make copies of the plates. The originals are deposited at the botanical garden of Madrid along with the manuscripts for "Flora de Guatemala". He died in Barcelona, poor and blind, in 1820. He was the most famous American naturalist of the colonial period. Among his publications were "Descripción del Volcan Jorullo en versos latinos" (Mexico, 1801), and “Observaciones sobre la resina del hule,” published in the Anales de Ciencias Naturales (Madrid, 1804). Pablo de la Llave named the resplendent quetzal Pharomachrus mocinno to honour his mentor Mociño, who was the first to classify the bird. (Submitted on November 1, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
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