Robert W. Mitchell

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Robert W. Mitchell
Born Robert Wetsel Mitchell
(1933-04-25)April 25, 1933
Wellington, Texas
Died March 18, 2010(2010-03-18) (aged 76)
San Antonio, Texas
Residence United States
Nationality United States
Fields Zoology, Speleology, Photography
Institutions Texas Tech University
Known for Robert W. Mitchell
Author abbrev. (zoology) Mitchell

Robert Wetsel Mitchell (April 25, 1933 — March 18, 2010) was an American invertebrate zoologist and photographer who was particularly active in the study of the biology of caves.[1]

Mitchell was awarded Bachelor of Science (1954) and Master of Science (1955) degrees from Texas Tech University, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961.[1] He also served in the United States Air Force Medical Service from 1955 to 1957.[1]

Genera and species Mitchell described include Typhlochactas (1971), Typhlochactas reddelli (1968), Typhlochactas rhodesi (1968), and Sotanochactas elliotti (1971) .[citation needed]

Typhlochactas mitchelli or Pseudocellus mitchelli are named in honor of Mitchell.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Elliott, William R. (April 12, 2010). "Obituary—Robert Wetsel Mitchell, 1933-2010" (PDF). Texas Natural Science Center. University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 

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