Herbert Walter Levi

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Herbert Walter Levi (January 2, 1921 – November 3, 2014)[1][2] was professor emeritus of zoology and curator of arachnology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. He was born in Germany, educated there and at Leighton Park School, Reading in England. He then received his higher education at the University of Connecticut and the University of Wisconsin. Levi has authored about 150 scientific papers on spiders and on biological conservation. He is the author of the popular Golden Guide Spiders and their Kin, with Lorna Rose Levi (his wife) and Herbert Spencer Zim.

Herbert Levi received the 2007 Eugene Simon Award from the International Society of Arachnology "for his immense influence on US spider research".[3] He is an elected honorary member of the American Arachnological Society.[4]

Levi was an editorial board member for the Journal of Arachnology.[5]

The pseudoscorpion genus Levichelifer,[6] the spider species Anisaedus levii[7] and the whip spider species Phrynus levii[8] are named in his honor.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Levi, Herbert W.; et al. (1981). A Guide to Spiders and Their Kin. New York: Golden Press. ISBN 0-307-24021-5.


  1. ^ Leibensperger, Laura B. (2016). "Herbert Walter Levi (1921–2014) and Lorna Levi (1928–2014)". Breviora. 551 (1): 1–37. doi:10.3099/MCZ28.1.
  2. ^ "Herbert W. Levi, 93". Harvard Gazette. February 7, 2017.
  3. ^ ISA awards, International Society of Arachnology. Accessed June 29, 2011
  4. ^ Honorary Members of the American Arachnological Society, American Arachnological Society. Accessed June 29, 2011
  5. ^ Editors and Editorial Board Archived 2011-08-10 at the Wayback Machine., Journal of Arachnology, American Arachnological Society. Accessed June 29, 2011
  6. ^ C. Clayton Hoff (1946). The pseudoscorpion tribe Cheliferini. Bulletin of the Chicago Academy of Sciences vol. 7, pp. 485–490
  7. ^ Arthur M. Chickering, New Species of Palpimanidae (Araneae) from the West Indies, Psyche, vol. 73 (1966), pp. 208-216
  8. ^ D. Quintero, The amblypygid genus Phrynus in the Americas (Amblypygi, Phrynidae), Journal of Arachnology, vol. 9 (1981), no. 2, pp. 117-166; p. 143

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