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. He received three degrees from Harvard University. One of his greater ornithological achievements was demonstration that Brewster's warbler is a hybrid.[1]

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.