Wilhelm Ferdinand Erichson

Dr Wilhelm Ferdinand Erichson (26 November 1809 in Stralsund – 18 December 1848 in Berlin) was a trained medical doctor and a German entomologist.

He was the author of many articles about insects mainly in ''Archiv für Naturgeschichte''. He wrote a paper in 1842 on insect species collected at Woolnorth in Tasmania, Australia, which was the first detailed research published on the biogeography of Australian animals and was very influential in raising scientific interest in the Australian fauna.

Erichson was the curator of the Coleoptera collections at the ''Museum fur Naturkunde'' in Berlin from 1834 to 1848. Erichson's Scarabaeidae classification is nearly identical to the modern one. Provided by Wikipedia
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