James John Walker (entomologist)

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John James Walker (16 May 1851, Sheerness – 12 January 1939) was an English entomologist.

Walker was a marine engineer trained at the Royal Navy dockyard in Sheerness and voyaged around most of the world, collecting insects when on land. His sister Adelaide married George Charles Champion another entomologist cementing their friendship. After his retirement Walker lived in Oxford and became one of the editors of the Entomologist's Monthly Magazine. His house, in Summertown, a select suburb of Oxford was named Aorangi, a Māori name for Aoraki/Mount Cook, a favourite place visited on his travels.

Walker's collections from the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and the Mediterranean are shared by the Natural History Museum, London and the Oxford University Museum which also conserves his British Coleoptera.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (President 1919-20) and a Fellow of the Linnean Society.

Walker is commemorated in the scientific names of two species of lizards, Draco walkeri and Lerista walkeri, both described in 1891 by George Albert Boulenger of the British Museum (Natural History).[1]


  1. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Walker, J.J.", p. 279).


  • Blair KG (1939). [Walker, J. J.] L'Entomologiste 72: 48.
  • Carpenter GDH (1941). [Walker, J. J.] Proc. Linn. Soc. London 151 (4): 260-262.
  • Grensted LW (1939). [Walker, J. J.] Rep. Ashmolean Nat. Hist. Soc. Oxfordshire 1938: 22-23.
  • Hesselbart G, Oorschot H van, Wagener S (1995). Die Tagfalter der Türkei unter Berücksichtigung der angrenzenden Länder. Bocholt.
  • Hobby BM (1939). [Walker, J. J.] J. Soc. British Ent 2 (1): 43-44.
  • Poulton EB (1939). [Walker, J. J.] Entomologist's Monthly Magazine (3) 75 64-70. (Walker's publications on Coleoptera with some notes on other insect Orders, mainly Lepidoptera and Hemiptera are listed through to p. 79) as "A selected and classified bibliography of J.J. Walker's publications 1872-1939".

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Internet Archive directs to internet texts of

  • Saunders, Edward (1890). "Aculeate Hymenoptera collected by J. J. Walker, Esq., R.N., F.L.S., at Gibraltar and in North Africa". Entomologists Monthly Magazine 26: 201-205. (ants only).
  • Forel, Auguste (1900). "Ponerinae et Dorylinae d'Australie. Récoltés par MM. Turner, Froggatt, Nugent, Chase, Rothney, J.-J. Walker, etc.". Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique 44: 54-77.