Wilhelm F. Erichson 1809-1848

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W. F. Erichson


Erichson was trained as a medical doctor, but, as with so many physicians of the time, he devoted much of his time to the study of natural history. He received his title of Doktor der Medizin und Chirugie in 1832 and a further degree of Doktor der Philosophie in 1837, He conducted studies on a wide array of insects, but he emphasized Coleoptera, especially Staphylinidae and, to a lesser extent, Scarabaeidae. His classification of the Scarabaeoidea is nearly identical to the one we use today. From 1834-1848 he was the curator of the Coleoptera collections at the Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin where nearly all of his types are deposited.


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