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Wolfgang Karl Weyrauch

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Died  1970

Wolfgang Karl Weyrauch (1907 - 1970) was a German - Peruvian malacologist and entomologist.



Wolfgang Karl Weyrauch was born on December 7, 1970, in Elberfeld, Germany. He received his PhD in Zoology in 1929 from the University of Berlin with a thesis on insect neurophysiology. From 1928 to 1929, he was an assistant of Richard Hesse, and from 1931 to 1943 he worked for the German Council of Scientific Research doing field studied on entomology and ecology.

In 1938, he worked as an entomologist at the agricultural experimental station (Estación Agrícola de La Molina) in Lima. At the time of the World War II, he moved to Texas, where he did field work in entomology and malacology. In 1946, he was at the Estación experimental Agrícola de Tingo María in Lima. From 1948 on, he worked for the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos in Lima as a Professor of zoology and Genetics at the Museo Nacional de Historia. In addition, he was from 1959 to 1961 Professor of agricultural zoology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Lima. In 1962, he went to Argentina and became professor at the Instituto Miguel Lillo in Tucumán. He died of a heart attack in 1970.


Weyrauch studied land and freshwater gastropods of South America, mainly taxa belonging to the families Camaenidae, Charopidae, Clausiliidae, Endodontidae, Helicinidae, “Hydrobiidae”, Orthalicidae, Pupillidae, Scolodontidae, Subulinidae, and Urocoptidae. He left behind many type specimens in museums, of which he published no original description. He was the author of 198 molluscan names.

Species named in his honor

The following species were named after Weyrauch:

  • Bostryx weyrauchi Pilsbry, 1944
  • Neopetraus weyrauchi Pilsbry, 1944
  • Thaumastus weyrauchi Pilsbry, 1944
  • Nenia weyrauchi Pilsbry, 1945
  • Incapora weyrauchi Du Bois-Reymond Marcus, 1953
  • References

    Wolfgang Karl Weyrauch Wikipedia

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