Ubirajara Ribeiro Martins

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Ubirajara Ribeiro Martins
Born Ubirajara Ribeiro Martins de Souza
(1932-07-08)8 July 1932
São Paulo, Brazil
Died 26 May 2015(2015-05-26) (aged 82)
São Paulo
Residence Brazil
Known for Ubirajara R. Martins, Bira
Awards 1964 Guggenheim Fellowship for Organismic Biology & Ecology[1]
Scientific career
Fields Entomology
Institutions Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo
Doctoral advisor Paulo Vanzolini
Author abbrev. (zoology) Martins, U.R.

Ubirajara Ribeiro Martins (8 July 1932 – 26 May 2015) was a Brazilian entomologist. Martins was born in 1932 in São Paulo, Brazil. He concluded his studies at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa in 1954 with a bachelor's degree in agronomy. Martins then proceeded to work at the Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo where he obtained his PhD in 1975 and conducted his research until his death in 2015.[2][3] He was a colleague of Werner Bokermann, who named one frog species after him (Bokermannohyla martinsi).[4] He himself described many new species of beetles, and often co-authored other descriptions. He was president of the Brazilian Entomological Society from 1983 to 1986. Bira, as he was kindly called by his colleagues and students, worked at the Museum of Zoology of University of São Paulo since 1959. He became one of the most important coleopterists of his time and an expert in the South American Cerambycidae.[5][6][3]


  1. ^ "Ubirajara Ribeiro Martins de Souza". Fellows. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Docentes". Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo Official Website (in Portuguese). São Paulo, Brazil: MZUSP. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Falecimento do Prof. Dr. Ubirajara Ribeiro Martins de Souza". MZUSP Official Website (in Portuguese). Brazil: Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  4. ^ Bokermann, W.C.A. (1964). "Dos nuevas espécies de Hyla de Minas Gerais y notas sobre Hyla alvarengai Bok. (Amphibia, Salientia, Hylidae)". Neotropica. 10: 67–76.
  5. ^ "Ubirajara Ribeiro Martins de Souza". Currículo Lattes (in Portuguese). Brazil: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico - CNPq. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Diretoria". Sociedade Brasileira de Entomologia (in Portuguese). Brazil: Sociedade Brasileira de Entomologia. Retrieved 27 May 2015.