Per Olof Christopher Aurivillius

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Per Olof Christopher Aurivillius
Per Olof Christopher Aurivillius.jpg
Born 15 January 1843
Died 20 July 1928
Nationality Swedish
Fields Entomology

Per Olof Christopher Aurivillius (15 January 1843, Forsa – 20 July 1928) was a Swedish entomologist.


Aurivillius was born at Forsa. He was the Director of the Natural History Museum in Stockholm and he specialised in Coleoptera and Lepidoptera. He was, for a long time, the Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science . His brother was the zoologist Carl Wilhelm Samuel Aurivillius (1854−1899) and his son the zoologist Sven Magnus Aurivillius (1892−1928). Aurivillius worked on world insects. He was the author of Part 39 Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae (1912) and Parts 73 and 74. Cerambycidae: Lamiinae (1922, 1923) in : S. Schenkling (ed.), Coleopterorum Catalogus. W. Junk, Berlin, 1000 + pages. Also Rhopalocera Aethiopica (1898) and many papers on the Lepidoptera of Africa and Über sekundäre Geschlechtscharaktere nordischer Tagfalter. Stockholm (1880) a work on moths[verification needed].

Plate from Nordischer Tagfalter

Aurivillius was also the permanent secretary of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 1901–1923.


  • Anthony Musgrave (1932). Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, with biographical notes on authors and collectors, Royal Zoological Society of News South Wales (Sydney) : viii + 380.

External links[edit]

  • BHL Digital version of Rhopalocera Aethiopica (1898)
  • PDF Digital version of Cerambycidae: Cerambycinae (1912)
  • African Butterfly Database Complete list of Aurivillius publications on African butterflies.