Samuel Snellen van Vollenhoven   1816-1880

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Snellen van Vollenhoven was the first Dutch entomologist who brought science to the study of insects. He described 9 genera and 471 species of Dictyoptera, Orthoptera, Hemiptera, Coleoptera (2 genera, 97 species), Diptera, Hymenoptera, and Lepidoptera. He described 47 species of scarabaeoids in the families Lucanidae and Scarabaeidae (Scarabaeinae, Rutelinae, Dynastinae, and Cetoniinae). He initiated publication of the journal of the Netherlands Entomological Society, Tijdschrift voor Entomologie. He was appointed by the Dutch government as the entomological curator of the Leiden Museum in 1854, and he served in this position until 1873 when he retired due to health problems.



Krikken, J., C. van Achterbert, P.H. van Doesburg, R. de Jong, and K.W. Zwart. 1981. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 124: 235-268.


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