Walter Faxon

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Walter Faxon (February 4, 1848 – August 10, 1920) was an American ornithologist and carcinologist. He was born at Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, where he grew up. His brother Charles Faxon was a botanist. He received three degrees from Harvard University. One of his greater ornithological achievements was demonstration that Brewster's Warbler is a hybrid.[1]

Additionally, he spent many years researching and classifying many American crayfish, including the Astacus, Orconectes, and Procambarus genera[2][3][3] and contributed to at least 20 different scientific papers.[4]


  1. ^ W. M. T. (1921). "Notes and news". The Auk 38 (1): 157–158. doi:10.2307/4074078. 
  2. ^ Hobbs, Horton H. (1974). "A Checklist of the North and Middle American Crayfishes (Decapoda: Astacidae and Cambaridae)" (PDF). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 166: 70. 
  3. ^ a b Faxon, Walter (1884). Descriptions of New Species of Cambarus. Biodiversity Heritage Library: Boston : Metcalf and Co. Retrieved May 2014. 
  4. ^ "By Faxon, Walter, 1848-1920". Retrieved May 2014.