Carl Peter Thunberg 1743-1828

 

Carl Peter Thunberg

 


  

Thunberg was a Swedish naturalist, and he took over Linnaeus’ professors chair (after a short intermission where it was held by Linnaeus’ son). He is most famous for his botanical work, but he was also a prominent entomologist who described numerous scarab taxa, including many South African species in his Coleoptera Capiensia, Antennis Lamellatis (1818). He also devoted papers to Lucanidae (1806) and Rutelinae (1822). The majority of his entomology papers were published by the St Petersburg academy. He was one of Linnaeus’ famous traveling disciples who went on exploration and collecting journeys to South Africa and to Japan. His collection is in Uppsala.

 

Information courtesy of Mattias Forshage, Uppsala University, Sweden.

 

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