Peter Grubb (zoologist)
Peter Grubb (1942 - 23 December 2006) was an English zoologist. He often collaborated with Colin Groves and described several new mammal taxa including Felis margarita harrisoni (a subspecies of the sand cat), the Bornean yellow muntjac, the Nigerian white-throated guenon, Cephalophus nigrifrons hypoxanthus, the white-legged duiker, Cephalophus silvicultor curticeps, Cephalophus weynsi lestradei, the Kashmir musk deer, and the Niger Delta red colobus.
Grubb was born in Ealing, West London. His father William Grubb was a research chemist at the Imperial Chemical Industries and later worked as a science teacher in Scotland. His mother Anne Sirutis was a school teacher from Lithuania. His younger sister Katrina is an artist.
After his BSc graduation in Zoology at the University College London Grubb was research assistant in the Wellcome Institute of the Zoological Society of London. In the early 1960s he went to St Kilda, Scotland for three years where he studied Soay sheep for his PhD thesis. For this work he received the Thomas Henry Huxley Award of the Zoological Society of London in 1968. In the same year he took part in the Royal Society expedition to Aldabra where he worked particularly on the Giant tortoises. Subsequently he lectured on the University of Ghana for twelve years. His main research field was the taxonomy and distribution of African mammals.
In 1993 and 2005 he wrote the Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla sections for the publication Mammal Species of the World. He also contributed to Mammalian Species, the journal of the American Society of Mammalogists. He published checklists of West African mammals (for instance for Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Ghana) and wrote several revisions, including on warthogs, gerenuks and buffalo. In 1993 he co-edited the IUCN publication Pigs, Peccaries, and Hippos: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan.
After two surgeries Peter Grubb died from cancer in December 2006. He was married and had two children.
- Peter Grubb (1942–2006) Collected Obituaries by John F. Oates, Colin Groves, Douglas Brandon Jones, Barry Hughes
- Obituary at the Mammal Society by Derek Yalden.
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