Parker was Keeper of Zoology at the Natural History Museum from 1947 to 1957. He is the author of several works on snakes and frogs: Parker discovered a new species of lizard on the Seychelles, which he described and named Vesey-Fitzgerald's burrowing skink (Janetaescincus veseyfitzgeraldi ) after entomologist Leslie Desmond Foster Vesey-Fitzgerald.
Parker is honored in the specific names of the following reptiles: Cercosaura parkeri, Chamaelycus parkeri, Emoia parkeri, Myriopholis parkeri, Phelsuma parkeri, Prasinohaema parkeri, Sphaerodactylus parkeri, Tropidophis parkeri, and Zonurus parkeri (a synonym of Cordylus tropidosternum).
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