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 (1928-07-21) (aged 85)
Nationality Swedish
Fields Entomology

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


Christopher 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),major contributions to Adalbert Seitz Die Großschmetterlinge der Erde Band 13: Abt. 2, Die exotischen Großschmetterlinge, Die afrikanischen Tagfalter, 1925 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.

Papers 0n African Lepidoptera[edit]

  • Aurivillius, 1893 Diagnosen neuer lepidopteren aus Afrika Ent. Tidskr. 14 : 199-214
  • Aurivillius, 1894 Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Insektenfaun von Kamerun. 2. Tagfalter Ent. Tidskr. 15 : 273-314
  • Aurivillius, 1898 Diagnosen neuer Lepidopteren aus Afrika Ent. Tidskr. 19 : 177-186
  • Aurivillius, 1898 Neue Nymphaliden aus dem Congogebiete Öfvers. K. VetenskAkad. Förh. Stockh. 54 : 279-286
  • Aurivillius, 1901 Diagnosen neuer Lepidopteren aus Afrika Ent. Tidskr. 22 : 113-128


  • 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.